The House Will Convene At 10:30 AM Today
House Session - February 27, 2018

The House met for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:12 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:16 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 27, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 27, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE PAUL MITCHELL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 10:00:26 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:34 AM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

        HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS…

        HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE PAST 10:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:00:35 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 11:00 a.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 10:01:05 AM

      MS. FOXX

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ON THIS VERY SAD OCCASION. REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR MILLIONS OF REASONS, WHICH IS A TESTAMENT TO THE PEOPLE HE INSPIRED. WHEN I CONSIDER REVEREND GRAHAM'S LIFE AND ALL OF HIS MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I THINK OF HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND HIS DEDICATION TO BRINGING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. REVEREND GRAHAM, NORTH CAROLINA'S FAVORITE SON, BEGAN AS A FARMER'S SON AND WAS NOT BORN WITH THE STEADFAST FAITH THAT WE LATER OBSERVED. IT WAS A FAITH HE CHOSE AND THAT HE DEDICATED HIMSELF TO ALL OF HIS LIFE. LATER HE WOULD BE CALLED AMERICA'S PASTOR AS HE COUNSELED PRESIDENTS AND THE POOR ALIKE. WHAT IS REMARKABLE IS HOW REVEREND GRAHAM HEARD THE CALL AND MADE THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW THE LORD AND TAKE HIS WORD FARTHER AND MORE RAPIDLY THAN IT HAD EVER GONE BEFORE. MARK 16: 15 OF THE GOOD BOOK INSTRUCTS US TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL CREATION. THIS IS A CHARGE THAT REVEREND GRAHAM TOOK SERIOUSLY AND A CHARGE WHICH HE SPENT A LIFETIME ENDEAVORING TO OBEY. THIS SEEMINGLY ORDINARY MAN WENT ON TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH AND BECAUSE OF HIS CALLING TO FOLLOW THE LORD. IN CHRONICLE 16:9 WE OBSERVE FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD MOVE TO AND FRO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH THAT HE MAY STRONGLY SUPPORT THOSE WHOSE HEART IS COMPLETELY HIS. THIS SCRIPTURE STRIKES THROUGH WHEN WE THINK OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S LIFE AND WORK. HIS HEART WAS CERTAINLY FILLED WITH LOVE FOR THE LORD. REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED THE WORLD PREACHING TO THE MASSES, BUT HE DID NOT CRAVE FAME OR NOTE RIGHT. EVER THE HUMBLE -- NOTORIETY. EVER THE HUMBLE SERVANT, HE CRAVED TO BRING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SADDENED THAT REVEREND GRAHAM IS NO LONGER WITH US BUT I REJOICE THAT HE JOINED THE LORD WHOM WE LOVE SO DEEPLY. I'M PROUD TO JOIN THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN PAYING MY LAST RESPECTS TO REVEREND GRAHAM. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME IN HISTORY THAT A CIV CIVILIAN HAS EARNED THE HIGH HONOR OF LYING IN STATE. THIS HONOR IS RICHLY OWED. I HOPE THOSE WATCHING AT HOME WILL REMEMBER ALL OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S MANY LESSONS AND WILL LET HIS LIFE SERVE AS A REMINDER TO US ALL. THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN ACCOMPLISH EXTRAORDINARY THINGS IF WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:04:24 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:04:28 AM

      MR. QUIGLEY

      FIVE MINUTES.

    • 10:08:46 AM

      ORE CHA

      PRO ORE:HE CHA NOW RECGNIZ THE GELEMAN FROM NTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHRY, FIVE…

      PRO ORE:HE CHA NOW RECGNIZ THE GELEMAN FROM NTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHRY, FIVE MINES.

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    • 10:08:50 AM

      MR. MCHENY

      I THANK U, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, RI TODAY TO NOR T LIFE A LEGACY OF…

      I THANK U, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, RI TODAY TO NOR T LIFE A LEGACY OF GREAT AMERICAN, A MESSENGER FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR OF JESUS CHRIST, AND A MAN NORTH CAROLINA PRODUCED, BILLY GRAVEMENT HE WAS BORN IN 1918 IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE HE GREW UP THE SON OF A FARMER. IN 1939 HE WAS ORDAINED AS A MINISTER THUS BEGINNING WHAT WOULD BE HIS LIFE'S CALLING. IT WAS IN 1949 THAT REVEREND GRAHAM GAINED THE INTERNATIONAL PROMINENCE HE IS KNOWN FOR TODAY. IT WAS THAT YEAR THAT HE HOSTED THE LOS ANGELES CRUSADE, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE JUST THREE WEEKS, IT ENDED UP CONTINUING FOR OVER TWO MONTHS. THROUGHOUT THAT TIME HUGE CROWDS CAME TO HEAR REVEREND GRAHAM SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE LOS ANGELES CRUSADE, REVEREND GRAHAM'S STATURE ONLY GREW. REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE GOOD WORD. AND ENCOURAGE HIS FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN TO FIND SALVATION WITH CHRIST. AND IN CHRIST. HE WOULD FILL EVERYTHING FROM SMALL CHURCHES TO MASSIVE FOOTBALL STADIUMS. ACCORDING TO THE BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION -- EXCUSE ME -- REVEREND GRAHAM PREACHED TO OVER 215 MILLION PEOPLE OVER 185 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES AROUND THE WORLD DURING HIS LIFE. BUT HIS INFLUENCE DID NOT STOP THERE. THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY, REVEREND GRAHAM BECAME KNOWN AS AMERICA'S PASTOR, SERVING AS A MORAL COMPASS FOR OUR NATION. HE SERVED AS A SPIRITUAL ADVISOR TO COUNTLESS AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL LEADERS AND CIVIC LEADERS, INCLUDING EVERY AMERICAN PRESIDENT SINCE HARRY TRUMAN. IN THE 1950'S AND 1960'S, HE JOINED WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOR INTEGRATED CRUSADES, A POWERFUL STATEMENT FROM A WHITE SOUTHERNER AT THAT TIME. HE DELIVERED INVOCATIONS AT THE INAUGURATIONS OF FOUR AMERICAN PRESIDENTS, AND IN 1983 WAS AWARDED OUR NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR, THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. FOLLOWING THE HORRIFIC ATTACKS ON OUR NATION ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, IT WAS REVEREND GRAHAM WHO COMFORTED OUR NATION FROM THE PULPIT OF WASHINGTON'S NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. WHILE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK AS AMERICA'S PASTOR, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO REVEREND GRAHAM. FOREMOST AMONG THOSE IT WAS HIS MARRIAGE TO HIS BELOVED WIFE RUTH. REVEREND GRAHAM AND RUTH MET IN ILLINOIS AT WHEATON COLLEGE, BUT IT WAS RUTH'S HOMETOWN IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA THAT I'M HONORED TO RESPECT AND -- THAT THEY CHOSE TO CALL HOME. SMALL TOWN, A HUMBLE TOWN. IT WAS IN THE GAITHER CHAPEL WHERE REVEREND GRAHAM AND RUTH WERE MARRIED IN 1943. FROM THERE THE GRAHAMS BUILT A HOME ON MONEY TREAT'S LITTLE PINEY RIDGE -- MONTRIET ACE LITTLE PINEY RIDGE AND IT WAS THERE THAT THEY RAISED THEIR CHILDREN. NOW, CERTAINLY REVEREND GRAHAM'S PUBLIC WORKS WERE EXTRAORDINARY BUT WHAT HE AND RUTH BUILT AS A FAMILY IS ENDURING, IS ENDURING INDEED. WHILE AN INTERNATIONAL ICON FOR HIS WORK SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND CHRIST, REVEREND GRAHAM'S FAMILY WERE THE GREAT NEIGHBORS IN MONTREAT. REVEREND GRAHAM WAS KNOWN FOR OCCASION A.O.L.LY ATTENDING SERVICE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, FOR PLAYING GOLF AND GRAB LUNCH IN TOWN. ONE OF THE FINEST MOMENTS OF MY CAREER WAS HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS REVEREND GRAHAM'S REPRESENTATIVE HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND REPRESENT HIS HOME IN MONTREAT WHEN IT WAS PLACED IN THE 10TH DISTRICT. IT WAS THEN I HAD THE HONOR OF TRAVELING UP LITTLE PINEY RIDGE TO VISIT REVEREND GRAHAM IN HIS HOME. THE PERSONAL KINDNESS AND HOSPITALITY HE SHOWED ME TO INVITE ME INTO HIS HOME IS SOMETHING THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET. AND I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO EACH OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S FIVE CHILDREN, TO ALL OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST A MENTOR AND A FRIEND. AND AS A NATION, WE ARE FOREVER INDEBTED TO REVEREND GRAHAM FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR STATE, OUR NATION, AND THIS WORLD. IT'S ONLY BEFITTING TORMED TOMORROW REVEREND GRAHAM WILL -- TOMORROW REVEREND GRAHAM WILL RETURN TO WASHINGTON ONE FINAL TIME, TO LIE IN HONOR IN THE ROTUNDA OF THIS GREAT BUILDING. MR. SPEAKER, I CONCLUDE BY NOTING THAT REVEREND GRAHAM IS PASSED ON FROM THIS WORLD BUT HE'S MOVED INTO THE KINGDOM HE PREACHED ABOUT FOR SO MANY YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:14:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:14:23 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN WE LEFT LAST -- LEFT WASHINGTON BEFORE OUR…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN WE LEFT LAST -- LEFT WASHINGTON BEFORE OUR PRESIDENTS DAY RECESS WE WATCHED OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION. ONLY ONE BILL RECEIVED 60 VOTES BUT IT WAS 60 VOTES AGAINST THE BILL OFFERED BY SENATOR GRASSLEY, THE BILL THAT MOST CLOSELY MATCHES THE PRESIDENT'S HATRED FOR IMMIGRANTS. SO A SUPERMAJORITY IN THE SENATE OPPOSES THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR MASSIVE CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND MASSIVE DEPORTATIONS. THEN, YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST IMMIGRANTS RECEIVED ANOTHER BLOW. THE SUPREME COURT DECLINED TO TAKE A CASE FROM CALIFORNIA AND DECLINED TO LIFT AN INJUNCTION, REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONTINUE PROCESS RENEWALS FOR THE DACA PROGRAM WHICH MEANS THOSE WHO SIGNED UP FOR DACA OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS CAN RENEW THEIR DACA NOW AND THE ARBITRARY DEADLINE THE PRESIDENT SET FOR KICKING 1,000 PEOPLE PER DAY THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM HAS LIKE SO MUCH WHAT TRUMP DOES BEEN STOPPED FOR NOW. JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE WHAT HAPPENED. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT OFFERING ANY EVIDENCE TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY HAD TO END DACA PROGRAM BECAUSE IT WAS ILLEGAL AND THE COURTS WOULD STRIKE IT DOWN, THEY SAID. AS IT TURNS OUT, THE TRUTH IS ALMOST THE EXACT OPPOSITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAVE TOLD THE COUNTRY. NO COURT HAS EVER FOUND DACA ILLEGAL OR EVEN LEGALLY SUSPECT. THEIR ACTIONS TO KILL THE DACA PROGRAM HAVE BEEN FOUND HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE BY THE COURTS. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER. JUST BECAUSE THE COURTS HAVE TAKEN NO ACTION AND THE SENATE BILL TO TAKE ACTION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE HOUSE AND REPUBLICANS ARE OFF THE HOOK FOR DACA. THE PRESIDENT STILL PLANS TO KILL DACA AND MAKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY DOCUMENTED AND KNOWN TO THEIR GOVERNMENT INTO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS FORCED UNDERGROUND, VULNERABLE, EXPLOITABLE AND DEPORTABLE. . THE HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IT TO STEP UP TO THE OCCASION AND CRAFT A PERMANENT SOLUTION. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE SOLUTION IS SUPPORTED BY EIGHT OUT OF 10 VOTERS IN THE UNITED STATES. A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. CAN WE AS A BODY RISE TO THE OCCASION TO DO SOMETHING AMERICANS WANT US TO DO? CAN WE SETASIDE QUESTIONS OF WHO WINS AND WHO LOSES POLITICALLY LONG ENOUGH TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT? WE WON'T KNOW UNLESS WE TRY. MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY THERE SHOULD BE ONLY ONE OPTION. THEY SHOULD LEAVE OR BE DEPORTED. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE DO TO AMERICAN CHILDREN. AND LET'S BE CLEAR, THESE ARE AMERICAN CHILDREN. WE DO NOT FORCE AMERICAN CHILDREN TO LIVE IN EXILE FOR 10, 20, 30 YEARS. WE DO NOT EDUCATE OUR YOUTH AND THEN FORCE THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY. IF YOU'RE AN AMERICAN PATRIOT, THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS FOR THE WORLD TO IT SEE US DEPORTING OUR OWN AMERICANS. JUST ASK YOUR DONORS, THE KOCH BROTHERS, WHO KNOW SAVING THE DREAMERS IS WHAT THEY CALL SOMETHING DEMANDED AS PATRIOTS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE BALL IS IN OUR COURT. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW. IF WE CAN DRAFT A COMPROMISE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND ALLOW THEM TO LIVE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY, AMERICA, IF BOTH SIDES CONCEDE SOMETHING TO THE OTHER, WE MAY GET TO A SOLUTION. THAT IS IS WHAT LEADERS MUST DO. A COMPROMISE MIGHT BE PAINFUL FOR ALL. WE NEED TO SHOW THE COUNTRY WE'RE WILLING TO TAKE THE HEAT AND READY TO LEGISLATE. THE PRESIDENT SET US ON THIS COURSE. HE PULLED THE LEGAL RUG FROM UNDERNEATH THE DREAMERS AND THEN CLOAKED HIS POSITION ON IMMIGRATION IN AN ETHNOCENTRIC PRO-EUROPEAN, PRO-RIGHT AGENDA THAT WILL HURT AMERICA. BUT THEY ARE RACIST AND WEIGH MUST CALL THEM OUT FOR WHAT THEY ARE, THE RACISTS DRIVING IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE WHITE HOUSE ARE DEFINING THE AGENDA FOR EVERY HOUSE REPUBLICAN AND SHAPING THE BRAND OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT JUST AS THE PARTY OPPOSED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, BUT NOW AS THE PARTY OPPOSED TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION. NOT JUST AS A PARTY WHO DOESN'T WANT POOR OR LATIN AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS, BUT DOESN'T WANT BROWN OR BLACK OR ANYONE WHO ISN'T WHITE IN THIS COUNTRY. IF THAT IS HOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DEFINE THEMSELVES AND WANT TO BE REMEMBERED, THEN THEY SHOULD DO NOTHING. BUT I HAVE A GREATER FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND ITS ABILITY OF THIS CONGRESS TO RISE ABOVE RACISM AND TO DO SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. I'M A DEMOCRAT WHO WILL WORK WITH REPUBLICANS AND REPUBLICANS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REACHING A SOLUTION. BUT IT IT MUST START WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON O THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAYING, YES, WE WANT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND WE WANT TO RISE ABOVE THE RACISM EMANATING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.

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    • 10:19:26 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS CONTINUE TO BE…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS CONTINUE TO BE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TORTS THE PRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. -- TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE CHAIR WRECK NAYSES GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:19:39 AM

      MR. CURBELO

      MR. SPEAKER, THE ATTACK AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL ON…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE ATTACK AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL ON VALENTINE'S DAY WAS AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE ACT OF VIOLENCE. I VISITED THE SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, AN EXPERIENCE BOTH MOVING AND SOBERING. I WALKED THROUGH THE HORRIFYING EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE THERE, AND I WITNESSED THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM SO MANY WHO HAVE DEPOSITED FLOWERS, CANDLES, AND LEFT BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS. UPON REFLECTING ON THAT VISIT AND AFTER MEETING WITH THE BRAVE STUDENT AND TEACHER SURVIVORS SUNDAY IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND YESTERDAY HERE IN WASHINGTON, I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HONOR THE FALLEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS BY TAKING MEANINGFUL ACTION TO PREVENT THESE TRAGEDIES IN THE FUTURE. THAT MEANS WORKING TO MAKE SURE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ASSESS THREATS AND INTERVENE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. IT MEANS INVESTING IN MENTAL HEALTH, RE-EVALUATING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH MEASURES LIKE THE BIPARTISAN STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE ACT, AND SECURING STRONGER REGULATIONS ON GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, THE VOICES AND ENGAGEMENT OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS SURVIVORS CALLING FOR CHANGE TO OUR GUN SAFETY LAWS WILL BE DECISIVE. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS LOOPHOLES AND VULNERABLES IN EXISTING LAW WHILE STILL PROTECTING AMERICANS' SECOND AMOUNT -- AMENDMENT RIGHTS. FROM STRENGTHSENING NICS SYSTEM, BANNING BUMP STOCKS AND PREVENTING THOSE WITH LINKS TO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACQUIRING FIREARMS, IT RAISING THE AGE FOR THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS TO 21 WITH EXCEPTIONS FOR THOSE IN OUR MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THERE ARE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL NOT PREVENT EVERY TRAGEDY, BUT CAN CERTAINLY PREVENT SOME AND MITIGATE OTHERS. IT WON'T BE EASY, BUT WE MUST MAKE PROGRESS ON ALL THESE FRONTS. AS A FATHER AND HUSBAND, I WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THE LOSS OF INNOCENT LIFE BECOMES COMMONPLACE. I'M CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN BOTH CHAMBERS AND IN BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER AND ALLOW CONGRESS TO CRAFT, CONSIDER, AND DEBATE LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS WHILE MAKING ALL AMERICANS SAFER. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER, MR. SPEAKER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE 17 INNOCENT LIVES LOST IN PARKLAND. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:22:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:22:23 AM

      MR. KIND

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND TO GIVE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND TO GIVE THANKS TO A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. OUR DEPUTY CHIEF REPORTER OF THE HOUSE, ED JOHNSON, WHOSE LAST DAY FOR US IS THIS FRIDAY BEFORE HE RETURNS TO OUR HOME STATE IN WISCONSIN. ED BEGAN HIS OFFICIAL COURT REPORTING CAREER BACK IN WISCONSIN IN 1980 HOOKING UP WITH A JUDGE. HE EVENTUALLY MADE HIS WAY HERE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 2007. AND ULTIMATELY BECAME DEPUTY CHIEF REPORTER IN 2015. ED TOOK HIS ROLE AS OUR GUARDIAN OF THE PUBLIC RECORD VERY SERIOUSLY. WITH GREAT INTEGRITY, WITH GREAT PROFESSIONALISM, AND WITH GREAT RESPECT FROM EVERYONE WHO HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH HIM. WHAT DO THESE OFFICIAL REPORTERS DO FOR US? LIKE TODAY THIS YOUNG LADY HERE TO MY LEFT BRINGS HER STEN GRAPH MACHINE DOWN TO THE WELL OF THE HOUSE, OR TO A COMMITTEE THEY MIGHT BE ASSIGNED AND THEY RECORD EVERYTHING THAT'S SAID. WITH A SINGLE STROKE OF THE KEY THEY ARE ABLE TO RECORD WHOLE WORDS, PHRASES SOMETHING WHOLE SENTENCES IF THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID. SOMETIMES WHEN MEMBERS ARE SPEAKING OVER EACH OTHER, IT'S AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TALENT THAT THEY HAVE TO LEARN. AND THEY ALL DO IT SO VERY, VERY WELL FOR US. SOME OF ED'S HIGHLIGHTS DURING HIS CAREER HERE, HE WAS ABLE TO REPORT THEY ALL DO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN 2015 BY SITTING HERE AT THE DAIS. AND LISTEN TO THIS. HE SERVED AS MR. FEBRUARY IN THE 2013 MEN OF THE COURT REPORTING CALENDAR WHICH IS PROBABLY APPROPRIATE GIVEN ED'S LEGENDIER SENSE OF HUMOR. HE'S ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO DO STANDUP COMEDY. HAVING SPENT TIME WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ED HERE, I HAVE A FEELING HE'S GOING TO MISS A LOT OF THE ASPECTS THAT HE'S BEEN PRIVY TO IT HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. GIVEN HIS APPRECIATION FOR OUR HISTORY, POLITICS, POLICY, THE PERSONALITIES OF THIS PLACE, AND WE WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSING HIM. SO I WANT TO WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, LIZ, AND THEIR TWO DOGS, BUCKEY AND ANGUS, WHAT COULD BE MORE WISCONSIN THAN THAT, AS THEY RETURN HOME TO THEIR -- OUR HOME STATE IN WISCONSIN WHERE THEY'LL BE A LITTLE CLOSETORY THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO THANK ED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THIS INSTITUTION BUT ALSO TO OUR COUNTRY. AND A DISTINGUISHED CAREER THAT HE HAD HERE IN WASHINGTON. AGAIN WISH HIM AND LIZ ALL THE BEST AS THEY RETURN HOME TO WISCONSIN WHERE WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR FRIENDSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:24:58 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:25:03 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AUDREY TUCKER OF UPPER MAKE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AUDREY TUCKER OF UPPER MAKE FIELD IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. A COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT, AUDREY, THE C.E.O. OF THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY, PASSED AWAY AT 73 LAST WEEK. JOINING FAMILY SERVICE AS A SOCIAL WORKER IN 1978 AND RISING TO BECOME C.E.O. OF THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY, PASSED THE ORGANIZATION'S C.E.O. IN 1987, AUDREY SERVED AS THE FACE OF FAMILY SERVICE FOR FOUR DECADES. AUDREY WAS A VISIONARY LEADER CREDITED WITH GROWING THE ORGANIZATION INTO AN ENTITY THAT OFFERED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, HELPED THE HOMELESS, OFFERED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT, AND HELPED LOCAL FAMILIES. HER FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AT FAMILY SERVICE SAID IT BEST. FAMILY SERVICE HAS SUFFERED A HUGE LOSS, AUDREY WAS THE HEART AND FACE OF FAMILY SERVICE FOR FOUR DECADES. BUT SHE BUILT A STRONG TEAM THAT WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT HER VISION OF A COMMUNITY WHERE ANYONE CAN ACHIEVE HIS OR HER FULL POTENTIAL. OUR COMMUNITY WILL FEEL AUDREY'S LOSS TREMENDOUSLY. BUT IT IS CLEAR TO ALL THAT WE'RE A BETTER COMMUNITY FOR HAVING HAD HER IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND HER IMPORTANT WORK WILL CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY GIRL STEM CONFERENCE. THE 2017 CONFERENCE WAS ATTENDED BY OVER 800 GIRLS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH 10 AND FOCUSED ON INSPIRING YOUNG WOMEN IN OUR REGION TO PURSUE CAREERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH. THE 2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR THIS MAY EXPECTED TO BE EVEN LARGER. ATTENDEES LEARN FROM PROFESSIONAL WOMEN WORKING IN STEM FIELDS INCLUDING AGRICULTURE, BANKING, PHYSICS, NURSING, MARINE BIOLOGY, REAL ESTATE, ENGINEERING, APP DESIGN, AND MORE. THE IMPACT OF THIS PROGRAM IS ALREADY CLEAR IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING GIRL STEM 2017, 95% OF GIRLS SAID THEY FELT MORE MOTIVATED TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL. 96% FELT MORE ENGAGED IN THEIR OWN LEARNING. AND 93% SAID GIRL STEM HELPED THEM PLAN AHEAD, MAKE CAREER CHOICES, AND FEEL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. AS OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, I COMMEND PROJECTS LIKE BUCKS COUNTY GIRL STEM CONFERENCE FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY PLAY IN EDUCATING AND EXCITING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE LEADERS. THESE YOUNG WOMEN ARE THE FUTURE LEADERS OF OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:27:54 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:28:00 AM

      MR. ELLISON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TAX CUTS,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TAX CUTS, REALLY ARE ONLY GOING TO BENEFIT GIANT CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY FEW. AND THE -- WHAT WORKING PEOPLE WILL EVER GLEAN FROM THIS IS MINIMAL IN SCOPE AND REALLY IS SORT OF A PITTANCE IN ORDER TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE MORE WEALTH THAN THEY CAN POSSIBLY COUNT TO JUST GET MORE. THIS TAX CUT, THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT WOULD WIPE AWAY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS, GIVEAWAY MULTINATIONAL -- GIVE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND FOREIGN INVESTORS A GIANT PAYDAY, AND IT PAVES WAIT FOR MORE CRUEL CUTS TO -- THAT WILL -- CUTTING PROGRAMS THAT WILL BENEFIT AMERICANS. IT IS A MORAL ABOMBATION. IT'S WRONG. IT'S GIVING MORE TO THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE TOO MUCH AND TAKE INTERESTING THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. BUT SADLY IT'S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW REPUBLICANS AND THEIR BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES ARE IN IT FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT ANOTHER IMPORTANT EXAMPLE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR SUPREME COURT TOGETHER WITH THESE TAX CUTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH DAMAGE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP MEANS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YESTERDAY THE SUPREME COURT HEARD A CASE, CALLED JANUS VS. AFSCME, IT'S ANOTHER ATTACK ON O THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE O YOUR WORKPLACE AND NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER WAGES AND BENEFITS. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, BIG COMPANIES AND THEIR CONSERVATIVE ALLIES IN CONGRESS HAVE ATTACKED THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. THE ATTACKS ON WORKERS HAVE LED TO STAGNATING WAGES FOR WORKERS AND GREATER INCOME INEQUALITY. THIS CASE IS NO DIFFERENT. IT IS BEING BANK ROLLED BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS THE KOCH AND THEIR BILLIONAIRE ALLIES. JANUS WILL DRM WHETHER PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS LIKE FIREFIGHTERS, NURSES, IN STATES AND CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHETHER THEY COLLECT THESE FROM ALL THE EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACES THAT THEY REPRESENT. . THIS IS A CASE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE CORROSIVE POWER IN MONEY AND POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WEALTHY DONORS SPENT TO HOLD A SUPREME COURT SEAT OPEN FOR OVER A YEAR. THE MILLIONS MORE THAT WERE SPENT TO ELECT PRESIDENT TRUMP SO THAT HE COULD FILL THAT SEAT WITH NEIL GORSUCH. IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE BRADLEY FOUNDATION, TWO ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO CUTTING GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR AMERICANS AND WEAKENING EVENONS SPENT TO FUND THE JANUS CASE. AND TODAY, NOW THAT THE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR COURT HAS HEARD THE CASE THAT WILL DELIVER A BLOW, WE HOPE IT DOESN'T BUT LIKELY IT WILL, DELIVER A BLOW TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS AND THE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THEM, THEIR INVESTMENT APPEARS TO BE PAYING OFF. HERE'S THE THING. MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES WHO FUND THESE ANTI-WORKER, ANTI-UNION ATTACKS ARE PETRIFIED ABOUT THE LABOR MOVEMENT. THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY AFRAID OF IT, AND THAT'S WHY THEY'VE BEEN WORKING TO ATTACK IT. THAT'S BECAUSE THE LABOR MOVEMENT IS PREMISED ON THE SIMPLE IDEA THAT WHEN WORKERS COME TOGETHER, THEY CAN FIGHT FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE WEALTH THAT THEY HELPED CREATE. AND BECAUSE THE LABOR MOVEMENT IS ABOUT EQUALITY AND A FAIR ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST A FEW. THAT'S WHY WEALTHY DONORS HAVE WORKED TO ELIMINATE AND CUT UNION REPRESENTATION. THAT'S WHY THEY ENGAGE IN UNION BUSTING. IT'S WHY THEY FUNDED THE JANUS CASE AND IT'S WHY THEY CONTINUE TO KICKING WORKING PEOPLE IN THE TEETH OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS ONLY PART OF THE RESTRUCTURING OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WHERE WE TAKE FROM WORKING AMERICANS, GIVE TO THE WEALTHIEST AND THEN TRY TO DEPRIVE THROUGH THE COURTS PEOPLE'S RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE COLLECTIVELY ON THEIR JOB. BUT HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE STANDING UP. HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE BANNING TOGETHER. HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW A PROSPEROUS LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BE TAKEN AWAY SO EASILY. THIS JANUS CASE IS SOMETHING THAT I URGE EVERYBODY TO LOOK INTO. IT REPRESENTS ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS, BUT THE AMERICAN WORKING PEOPLE ARE STANDING UP STRONGER THAN EVER AND WILL COME BACK STRONGER THAN EVER. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:33:07 AM

      MR. FARENTHOLD

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP ON INCLUDING $13 MILLION…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP ON INCLUDING $13 MILLION FOR WIDENING AND DEEPENING THE PROJECT FOR THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI IN HIS FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET. WIDENING AND DEEPENING THE PORT IS CRITICAL NOT ONLY TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN CORPUS CHRISTI BUT TO THE ENTIRE NATION. WHILE GETTING FUNDING INTO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IS A HUGE VICTORY IT'S STILL JUST AN EARLY STEP IN A LENGTHY PROCESS. CONGRESS STILL NEEDS TO APPROVE AND APPROPRIATE THE FUNDS FOR THIS PROJECT OVER MULTIPLE YEARS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO SUPPORT THIS APPROPRIATION AND GROW THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AND OUR NATION'S ENERGY SECTOR. CORPUS CHRISTI IS THE NATION'S LARGEST PORT FOR ENERGY EXPORTS. SHIPPING OUT CRUDE OIL, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND L.N.G. WIDENING THE SHIP CHANNEL WILL ALLOW FOR TWO-WAY BARGE TRAFFIC AND DEEPENING IT TO 54 FEET WILL ALLOW LARGER SHIPS TO ENTER AND EXIT THE PORT, CREATING MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS IN 2010 AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PRIORITY AS LONG AS I'M HERE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS WIDENING AND DEEPENING PROJECT. MR. SPEAKER, I SUSPECT WE ALL KNOW SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN BUT WE SHOULD ALSO KNOW WORLD WAR II VETERAN JOHN MCCAIN FROM WHARTON, TEXAS, WHO JUST TURNED 100 YEARS OLD. MR. MCCAIN WAS BORN IN TEXAS ON FEBRUARY 15, 1918, WHEN HE WAS JUST 7 YEARS OLD HE JOINED THE WORK FORCE, GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR WITH HIS PONY CIRCULATING FLIERS FOR BUSINESSES. IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO WORLD WAR II, HE TRAVELED TO LOS ANGELES TO LEARN HOW TO BE A DIESEL MECHANIC AND THEN PROMPTLY ENLISTED IN THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD 36TH TANK COMPANY AS A DIESEL MECHANIC. ON JANUARY 16, 1941, HE WAS DEPLOYED TO FORT BENING. FOLLOWING THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, MCCAIN WAS DEPLOYED TO HAWAII, AND AFTER WE DEFEATED THE JAPANESE AT MIDWAY, HE WAS DEPLOYED TO EUROPE WHERE HE AND HIS UNIT SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHERN GERMANY AND EVENTUALLY MET THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN 1945. AFTER THE WAR, MCCAIN WORKED FOR NATIONAL -- SORRY -- NATURAL GAS PIPELINE COMPANY IN LIBERTY, TEXAS, FOR 35 YEARS. AFTER RETIRING, HE MOVED BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN OF WHARTON. DURING HIS RETIREMENT, HE'S TRAVELED BY R.V. TO ALL 48 CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND NINE PROVIDENCES IN CANADA. HE'S ALSO TRAVELED THE WORLD VISITING 42 COUNTRIES. AS HE OFTEN SAYS, AND I'M QUOTING NOW, WHEN YOU'RE 100 YEARS OLD, YOU JUST GO WHEREVER THE WIND BLOWS YOU. MR. MCCAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO YOUR COMMUNITY. I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A GREAT CONSTITUENT AND FAMILY FRIEND, JOE FULTON, WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY AT THE AGE OF 83. JOE NOT ONLY LIVED IN CORPUS CHRISTI, HE HELPED SHAPE THE CITY'S SKYLINES. HIS PROJECT AS A GENERAL CONTRACTOR INCLUDED THE SOUTH TEXAS ART MUSEUM, THE TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM, THE BAY FRONT OMNIHOTEL, FROST BANK TOWER, THE COURTHOUSE, THE TERMINAL AT THE CORPUS CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND WATERBURGER FIELD, HOME OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS. FULTON'S WORK RECEIVED NATIONAL ATTENTION WHEN IN 1993 THE ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD NAMED HIS COMPANY, FULTON CONSTRUCTION, ONE OF THE TOP CONTRACTORS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION TO HIS WORK AS A CONTRACTOR, JOE WAS A MEMBER OF THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI COMMISSION FROM 1985 TO 1998 AND FOUGHT FOR THE WIDENING AND DEEPENING OF THE PORT. HE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PORT COMMISSION FROM 1991 TO 1996. HE WAS ALSO A BOARD MEMBER OF THE FROST BANK, A TRUSTEE OF THE DRISCOLL FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, PART OF THE BUSINESS ALLIANCE AND PART OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI TOURIST BUREAU. HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON FOR A LONG TIME. WE'LL MISS YOU, JOE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      THAT I YIELD BACK.

    • 10:37:43 AM

      MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

      MINUTES. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LIVE IN BROWARD…

      MINUTES. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LIVE IN BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHERE THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS MASS SHOOTING TOOK PLACE NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT OUR TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES, BUT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. TO HEAR THE MESSAGES OF THESE VALIANT STUDENTS IN THE MEMORIES OF THEIR FRIENDS WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST AND THEIR TEACHERS WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST AND ALSO ON THEIR OWN BEHALF AS SURVIVORS. THEIR MESSAGE IS CLEAR. THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PREVENTING WEAPONS OF WAR FROM BEING IN THE HANDS OF CIVILIANS BY BANNING ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLES, BY BANNING HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, AND BY CLOSING GUN SHOW AND EVERY OTHER LOOPHOLE THAT EXISTS TODAY ON BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO PREVENT MASS SHOOTINGS FROM HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY. ANYWHERE. ANYTHING ELSE THEIR MESSAGES IS A DIVERSION TACTIC. WHETHER IT IS MORE INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH OR ARMING TEACHERS. IN PARTICULAR, THE IDEA THAT WE SHOULD PUT MORE GUNS INTO A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT IS LUDICROUS TO THEM. THEIR TEACHERS ALREADY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN AND SOME OF THEM LOST THEIR LIVES. AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND SOMETHING WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO PREVENT. AND I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MAST, FOR TAKING A STAND THAT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT POLITICALLY POPULAR FOR ME TO DO BUT YOU DESERVE THAT CREDIT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE JANUS CASE IS A CASE RELATED TO PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. SIMPLY PUT, TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WOULD BE DEALT A SERIOUS BLOW IN TERMS OF THEIR ABILITY TO ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE ON THINGS LIKE THE CONDITIONS IN THE SCHOOL AND HOW WE CAN KEEP THEM SAFE, ALL THE WAY TO WAGES AND BENEFITS. AND TODAY, DESPITE BEING MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN EVER, WE HAVE AMERICANS WHO WORK LONGER HOURS FOR LESS MONEY AND FEWER BENEFITS. WHILE WORKING PEOPLE CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE, WE HAVE CORPORATE C.E.O.'S, WHETHER THEY ARE THE C.E.O.'S OF GUN MANUFACTURERS OR ANY OTHER CORPORATION WHO CONTINUE TO USE THEIR WEALTH TO INFLUENCE POLITICIANS AND RIG THE ECONOMIC RULES TO BENEFIT THE WEALTHY AND THE POWERFUL AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE. A MAJOR PART OF THIS EFFORT IS A DECADES' LONG ATTACK ON UNIONS. UNIONS INCREASED THE BARGAINING POWER OF WORKERS BY ALLOWING THEM TO NEGOTIATE COLLECTIVELY TOGETHER RATHER THAN INDIVIDUALLY WITH EMPLOYERS. IMAGINE HOW A SINGLE OR HANDFUL OF EMPLOYEES WOULD DO IF THEY WERE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE WITH A MAJOR CORPORATION FOR BETTER BENEFITS AND WAGES ON THEIR OWN. WHEN WORKERS BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY, EMPLOYERS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WORK WITH THEM TO PAY THEM HIGHER WAGES AND OFFER THEM MORE GENEROUS BENEFITS AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS LIKE SCHOOL SAFETY. OVERPAID C.E.O.'S DON'T LIKE PAYING HIGHER WAGES AND OFFERING MORE GENEROUS BENEFITS SO AS A RESULT THEY DON'T LIKE UNIONS. THE LATEST BATTLE ON THE CORPORATE WAR IN UNIONS HAPPENED YESTERDAY AT THE SUPREME COURT WHERE THEY HEARD THE JANUS CASE. THIS CASES ABOUT AFTER PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS TO CONTINUE THE ASSAULT ON ALL WORKING PEOPLE. IT'S A BLATANTLY POLITICAL AND WELL-FUNDED PLOT TO USE THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND TO FURTHER TURN THE ECONOMIC RULES AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHEN TEACHERS, NURSES, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS ARE FREED TO BUILD STRONG UNIONS THEY WIN BENEFITS LIKE BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS, WAGES, HEALTH CARE, RETIREMENT SECURITY AND SAFETY THAT ARE GIVEN NOT JUST TO UNION MEMBERS BUT TO EVERYONE IN THE WORKPLACE COVERED BY THE CONTRACT. AND I SAW THIS FIRSTHAND, MR. CHAIR, AS A MEMBER OF THE GRADUATE ASSISTANCE UNITED UNION WHEN I WAS IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AND I ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. THEY ARE THE LOWEST WRUNG ON THE LADDER IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES BUT ARE LYNCH PINS TO THE SUCCESS OF EDUCATING COLLEGE STUDENTS. HAVING A UNION TO FIGHT FOR OUR WAGES WAS A KEY TO BEING TREATED FAIRLY BY OUR UNIVERSITY. PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS HAVE ALSO PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR. GIVEN THAT ALL WORKERS COVERED BY A CONTRACT GAIN THE BENEFITS OF UNION NEGOTIATIONS, IT'S BEEN STANDARD PRACTICE ALL WORKERS GOVERNED BY THE CONTRACT CONTRIBUTE THROUGH UNION DUES PAID BY UNION MEMBERS AND BY FAIR SHARE FEES. THEY DON'T PAY FOR ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, JUST THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ACTIVITIES THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT EVERYONE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR WORKERS AND FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT THE SUPREME COURT WILL NOT SIDE WITH THE PLAINTIFFS IN THIS CASE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:43:13 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:43:26 AM

      MR. MAST

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL, A K-8 GRADE SCHOOL IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL, A K-8 GRADE SCHOOL IN STUDENT WHO THEY DESIGNED A SATELLITE SELECTED BY NASA TO BE LAUNCHED INTO SPACE. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A NUMBER OF THESE STUDENTS. THEY DEVOTE THEMSELVES FULLY TO THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE. SOME OF THEM REMARKED TO ME THAT THE WORST PART ABOUT SCHOOL WAS THAT THEY HAD TO LEAVE AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THEY WISHED THERE WAS APARTMENT THERE IS. I THINK THAT SPEAKS TO THE INCREDIBLE HIGH QUALITY OF THEIR TEACHERS AND THE FACULTY IN THAT INSTITUTION OF LEARNING. THEY WERE SELECTED FOR ITS OUTSTANDING DESIGN AND SCIENTIFIC IMPORTANCE AS A PART OF NASA'S CUBE SAT LAUNCH INITIATIVE, AN EXCELLENT PROGRAM THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAS A VERY UNCERTAIN FUTURE. THE CUBE SAT ONE LAUNCH INITIATIVE, IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2008 AS A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PROGRAM TO SPUR INNOVATION IN THE STEM COMMUNITY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY ADVANCE NASA MISSIONS. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, NASA HAS SELECTED 149 CUBE SATS, BUILT BY 85 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS 38 STATES AND THEY'VE LAUNCHED 58 OF THESE CUBE SATS TO DATE. ALL OF THEM AT A FRACTION OF THE COST OF DEVELOPING SATELLITES IN HOUSE. NASA'S OFFICE OF EDUCATION IS CURRENTLY BEING RESTRUCTURED AND THE FUTURE OF THE CUBE SAT PROGRAM IS IN JEOPARDY. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WERE THE WHICE SCHOOL ARE IN THE GALLERY TODAY TO WITNESS THE INTRODUCTION OF A RESOLUTION THAT THEY THEMSELVES HELPED TO WRITE. THE WHICE SAT ONE RESOLUTION THAT I WILL INTRODUCE TODAY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM MY FLORIDA COLLEAGUES WILL RAISE AWARENESS OF THE CUBE SAT LAUNCH INITIATIVE AND ENCOURAGE CONTINUANCE OF THE PROGRAM AS NASA REORGANIZES THEIR OFFICE OF EDUCATION. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STUDENTS OF THE WHICE SCHOOL FOR THEIR DEDICATION, THEIR FACULTY, THEIR TEACHERS FOR THEIR WORK IN HELPING THEIR STUDENTS REACH THE HIGHEST AND FULLEST POTENTIAL THAT ANY STUDENTS COULD REACH AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACRESSE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. IT IS NOT IN…

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACRESSE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO INTRODUCE OCCUPANTS OF THE GALLERY IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN. FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT WITH ONE REQUEST. I ASK THAT THE MOST POWER MAN IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, KEEP HIS WORD. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU INDICATED THAT NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY AN ASSAULT-TYPE WEAPON. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. DEMOCRAT, DON'T ALLOW THE N.R.A. TO VETO YOUR WORD. ARE YOU THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT, STAY WITH THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE ISSUED A CLARION CALL TO THIS COUNTRY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE KILLING THAT'S TAKING PLACE ON OUR SCHOOL CAMPUSES. THESE ARE CHILDREN THAT ARE DYING. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING HI THE PRIVILEGE 6…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING HI THE PRIVILEGE 6 ADDRESSING MORE THAN 1,00 ADVOCATES WHO ARE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK FOR THE NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER POLICY CONFERENCE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE'S NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK THESE GROUPS DO TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AND ENSURE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND OTHER FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO ENSURING THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTHY FOODS WITHIN REACH. WHETHER LOW-INCOME POPULATION, THE ELDERLY, OR THOSE LIVING IN AREAS WITH STRAINED ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD. SNAP AS WELL AS USDA'S COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS SUPPORT AGRICULTURE AND LESSEN THE EFFECTS OF POVERTY ON OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. IN ADVANCE OF THE NEXT FARM BILL, WE WILL CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO WORK ALONGSIDE STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP PROVIDE SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. MR. SPEAKER, A HEALTHY DIET FOR MANY AMERICANS MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMITMENT, BUT RATHER ACCESSIBILITY. LIMITED ACCESS TO SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERIES STORES WITH FRESH NUTRITIOUS FOOD CAN BE A CHALLENGE IN BOTH RURAL AND URBAN COMMUNITIES. THESE ARE CALLED FOOD DEZ ITERS. THIS IS A PARTICULAR CONCERN FOR SNAP WHICH INTENDS TO PROVIDE NUTRITION TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO USDA TO QUALIFY AS A LOW ACCESS COMMUNITY, AT LEAST 500 PEOPLE OR 33% OF THE POPULATION MUST RESIDE MORE THAN A MILE FROM A SUPERMARKET OR LARGE GROCERY STORE. FOR RURAL AREAS THE DISTANCE IS MORE THAN 10 MILES. IT'S DIFFICULT TO EAT HEALTHY WHEN THE EASIEST STORE TO GET TO PRIMARILY PROVIDES PACKAGED AND PROCESSED FOOD. SNAP RECIPIENTS MAY FIND A LOCAL MARKET CONVENIENT BUT IT OFFERS HIGH CALORIE FOODS WITH MINIMAL NUTRITION VALUE. THESE FOODS CAN OFTEN BE A STAPLE FOR FAMILIES WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE CAN DOUBLE -- REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO FRESH FOODS FOR COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. NO ONE IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, SHOULD GO HUNGRY. EVERYONE DESERVES A FULL SHOT AT LIVING A FULL, HEALTHY, AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE. THROUGH STRONG POLICY ANDED ADD VOW CANCY OF OUR NATION'S ANTI-HUNGER AND ANTI-POVERTY GROUPS, WE TRULY CAN WORK TO END HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.

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      LEGISLATION. THSPEAKER:HE HOUSE WILLE IN ORD.

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    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.

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      THSPEAKER

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      Today's prayer was offered by Chaplain Robert Vick, American Legion National Chaplain, New Port Richey, FL.

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        AMEN. E SPEAKER

        AMEN. E SPEAKER: PUUANT TO CLAUSE ORU 1 T JRNAL STAS APPROVED THE PLEDGOF…

        AMEN. E SPEAKER: PUUANT TO CLAUSE ORU 1 T JRNAL STAS APPROVED THE PLEDGOF ALLIAE WILL BE BY E GENTLEMAN FROM MONTREAL, MR. GIANFTE. -- MONTAN. GIANFOR MR. GIANFORTEI PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO T FLAG OF THE UNITEDTES OF AME A TO HEEPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STDSONE NAON UNDER GOD INDIVISIBL WITLIBERTY AN STICE FOR ALL.

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      The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

      The Chair designated Mr. Gianforte to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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          THE SPEAKER

          ALL.

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          RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKI

          IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKIS: THANK Y, MR SPEAKER. MR.…

          IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKIS: THANK Y, MR SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE A CONSTITUENT, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO INTRODUCE TO CHAPLAIN ROBERT VICK WHO CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL CHAPLAIN NATIONAL CHAPLAIN. CHAPLAIN VICK LIVES IN NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, WITH HIS WIFE OF 62 YEARS -- SHE'S PARENT TODAY AS WELL. TOGETHER THEY HAVE FOUR SONS, 10 GRANDCHILDREN, AND 16 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. IN ADDITION TO HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY, THE CHAPLAIN HAS A GREAT LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND A PASSION FOR SERVICE. A KOREAN WAR VETERAN OF THE U.S. NAVY, CHAPLAIN VICK HAS A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF SERVICE. HE ALSO HAS BEEN A PROUD LEGIONNAIRE SINCE 1983. I AM PROUD TO SAY HE IS A FAMILY FRIEND. SAYING HE FEELS CALLED TO USE HIS MINISTERIAL TRAINING TO HELP THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF OTHER VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY, CHAPLAIN VICK WAS APPOINTED CHAPLAIN OF THE AMERICAN LEGION LAST YEAR. EVEN AS THE U.S. CAPITAL PREPARES IN HONORING ANOTHER HUMBLE SERVANT OF GOD, THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM TOMORROW, I'M PROUD CHAPLAIN VICK OFFERED THIS MORNING'S PRAYER IN THE U.S. HOUSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        • 11:04:17 AM

          MR. GIANFORTE

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH THAT THREATENS OUR MONTANA AND WESTERN WAY OF LIFE. UNCLEAR FEDERAL REGULATIONS COULD FORCE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO RECREATIONALLY COMPETE IN RODEOS OR PARTICIPATE IN OTHER EQUESTRYAN EVENTS TO GET A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE. BUT THESE ARE NOT FOLKS COMPETING FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS. IN A RECENT STORY IN THE "BILLINGS GAZETTE," ANDY, HEAD CONETCOVEP FOR THE MONTANA STATE RODEO TEAM SAID, FOR THE MOST PART AROUND MONTANA I WOULD SAY RODEO IS A HOBBY FOR MOST PEOPLE. AND YET FEDERAL REGULATIONS COULD FORCE THESE RODEO PARTICIPANTS TO WAIT THROUGH UNNECESSARY, COSTLY RED TAPE FOR THEIR HOBBY. THAT'S WHY I RECENTLY LED A LETTER WHICH IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 26 COLLEAGUES SIGNED TO THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. WE URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CLARIFY HOW THE C.D.L. REGULATIONS TREAT THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE RECREATIONALLY IN RODEO EVENTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST CONTINUE REFORMING, ROLLING BACK, AND REPEALING UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT OUR MONTANA AND WESTERN WAY OF LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:05:35 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

          I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        • 11:05:44 AM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 11:05:47 AM

          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE ANTI-HUNGER DAY OF ACTION, AND I RISE TODAY TO…

          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE ANTI-HUNGER DAY OF ACTION, AND I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OR SNAP, WHICH HELPS FEED 40 MILLION AMERICANS. WE LIVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, YET, MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO GET NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING ONE OUT OF FIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET WOULD WORSEN THE PROBLEM BY CUTTING SNAP BY $213 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL WOULD ALSO REPLACE FAMILIES' FLEXIBLE MONTHLY SNAP BENEFITS WITH FOOD BOXES THAT CONTAIN NO FRESH PRODUCE. IT BASICALLY PUTS PEOPLE ON RATIONS. SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES -- DID YOU REALLY COME TO CONGRESS TO TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF HUNGRY PEOPLE, HUNGRY CHILDREN? WHO ARE YOU? ENDING HUNGER IN AMERICA IS NOT A MATTER OF RESOURCES. IT'S A MATTER OF POLITICAL WILL. WE MUST INVEST IN OUR NUTRITION PROGRAMS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE'S PLATE GOES EMPTY IN AMERICA, AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:06:58 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:07:05 AM

          MR. THOMPSON

          REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO…

          REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        • 11:07:10 AM

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        • 11:08:26 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:08:28 AM

          >>

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 11:08:32 AM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE UNVEILED PLANS FOR A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAND…

          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE UNVEILED PLANS FOR A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAND PORT OF ENTRY AT THE PEACE BRIDGE IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK. DEPLOYING THE MOST ADVANCED DETECTION TECHNOLOGY, THE GATEWAY OF BUFFALO WILL IMPROVE NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IT WILL CUT WAIT TIMES FOR BOTH PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN HALF. IT WILL GREATLY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY IN THE NEIGHBORING COMMUNITY. IT WILL IMPROVE ASTHETICS WITH NEW L.E.D. LIGHTING, LANDSCAPING AND PUBLIC ART. THIS PLAN WILL IMPROVE OUR REGION'S GROWING ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA, LEVERAGING $30 BILLION IN COMMERCE AND OVER $200 BILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, SUPPORTING OVER A MILLION JOBS. THIS PLAN IS LONG OVERDUE. IT'S A PLAN THAT OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES, AND A GATEWAY THAT'S WORTHY OF THE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF OUR FUTURE IN BUFFALO AND WESTERN NEW YORK AND OUR RELATIONSHIP, ECONOMICALLY AND OTHERWISE, WITH THE GREAT COUNTRY OF CANADA. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:09:32 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 11:09:40 AM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 11:09:45 AM

          MR. KILDEE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE WAKE OF YET ANOTHER MASS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE WAKE OF YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING IN THIS COUNTRY. TO ASK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SUMMON THE COURAGE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT THE NEXT TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. LAST EVENING WE HELD A MOMENT OF SILENCE ON THIS FLOOR. AND WHAT I FEAR IS THAT AGAIN THAT MOMENT OF SILENCE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY DAYS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE, BY WEEKS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE, BY MONTHS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE ON THE VERY QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO MOVE PAST THE TYPICAL PARTISAN RESPONSE. THE LEGISLATION THAT I AND THREE OTHERS CRAFTED, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REGULATE THESE TERRIBLE BUMP STOCKS THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS FROM BEING AS BAD AS IT IS, OTHER THINGS WE CAN DO THAT WE AGREE ON. CLOSING THE BACKGROUND CHECK LOOPHOLE. MAKING SURE THAT IF YOU ARE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE YOU CAN'T BUY A WEAPON. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT CONGRESS OUGHT TO TAKE UP AND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO EXPECT US TO ACT UPON. LET'S DO SOMETHING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 11:11:06 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:11:09 AM

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          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        • 11:11:14 AM

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        • 11:11:15 AM

          MS. LEE

        • 11:12:37 AM

          A NEW AU

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:12:42 AM

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          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        • 11:12:47 AM

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW MANY PEOPLE MUST DIE FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW MANY PEOPLE MUST DIE FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND ADDRESS THE SEVERE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA? WE WERE DEVASTATED BY THE MASSACRES IN NEWTOWN, LAS VEGAS, ORLANDO, AND MOST RECENTLY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA.

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        • 11:13:06 AM

          MS. BARRAGAN

          HIGH SCHOOL MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS. THEY CAME TO WASHINGTON WITH ONE…

          HIGH SCHOOL MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS. THEY CAME TO WASHINGTON WITH ONE MESSAGE -- FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION NOW ON GUN VIOLENCE. ACTION DOESN'T MEAN HOLDING MOMENTS OF SILENCE. IT DOESN'T MEAN TWEETING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. ACTION MEANS PASSING MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION, LIKE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE PLEADING WITH US TO DO. WE SHOULD START BY BANNING WEAPONS OF WAR LIKE THE AR-15 AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE SHOULD ALLOW THE C.D.C. TO ONCE AGAIN RESEARCH THE CAUSES OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT CAN BE BETTER PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE SHOULD ALSO ACT TO PASS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. YESTERDAY, DEMOCRATS FILED A MOTION TO FORCE A VOTE ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN HAS SIGNED ONTO THE MOTION. I IMPLORE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO SIGN UP, TO CALL FOR ACTION BECAUSE INACTION MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE AND MORE FAMILIES WILL GRIEVE AND OUR STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO FEEL UNSAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:14:13 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:14:16 AM

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          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF…

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AMERICA'S PASTOR. LAST WEEK WE MOURNED THE LOSS OF REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 99 IN HIS BELOVED HOME NORTH CAROLINA. AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PASTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IN FACT, HE PREACHED TO MORE PEOPLE THAN ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED. AS A YOUNG MAN, I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY FAMILY ALL COMING TOGETHER TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION TO WATCH THE REVEREND GRAHAM'S CRUSADES.

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        • 11:15:05 AM

          MR. ALLEN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        • 11:16:07 AM

          MS. DELAURO

          THIS IS NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER WEEK. THE UNITED STATES IS THE RICHEST NATION…

          THIS IS NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER WEEK. THE UNITED STATES IS THE RICHEST NATION ON EARTH. WE'RE A LAND OF ABUNDANCE. AND YET MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. THEY ARE CALLED FOOD INSECURE, BUT WHAT IT IS IS THAT THEY ARE HUNGRY. AND PROGRAMS LIKE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, THE SNAP PROGRAM HAVE ENJOYED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR DECADES. BECAUSE GREAT LEADERS, PEOPLE LIKE GEORGE MCGOVERN, BOB DOLE, TED IT KENNEDY, JACK KENNEDY, AND PEOPLE LIKE JAKE JAVITZ SAY WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PREVENT HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS STRENGTHEN THE SNAP PROGRAM NOT SABOTAGE IT. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT STRICT WORK REQUIREMENTS ARE A THINLY VEILED ATTEMPT TO THROW PEOPLE OFF THE PROGRAM. THE VAST MAJORITY OF SNAP RECIPIENTS ALREADY WORK IF THEY CAN. USDA'S MOST RECENT DATA SHOWS THAT WORK RATES HAVE BEEN INCREASING YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE FOOD BOX PROPOSAL IS AN ATTACK ON THE DIGNITY OF FAMILIES WHO HAVE FALLEN ON ON HARD TIMES. FOOD INSECURITY AFFECTS VETERANS, WORKING FAMILIES, CHILDREN, WORKERS, THE UNEMPLOYED, AND SENIORS.

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        • 11:17:30 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

        • 11:17:31 AM

          MS. DELAURO

          IT IS ABOUT SUPPORTING OUR ECONOMY. IT WORKS FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN.…

          IT IS ABOUT SUPPORTING OUR ECONOMY. IT WORKS FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:17:44 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 11:17:47 AM

          MR. COLLINS

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET…

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET YIELD BACK.

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        • 11:17:50 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AN 1:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY,…

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AN 1:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 1, MARCH 1. AND CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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        • 11:17:56 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 11:17:58 AM

          MR. COLLINS

          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE…

          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        • 11:18:03 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

        • 11:18:05 AM

          THE CLERK

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 734. RESOLVED. RESOLVED, THAT…

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 734. RESOLVED. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2(B) OF RULE XVIII, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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        • 11:18:12 AM

          Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, it adjourn to meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Agreed to without objection.

          • 11:18:13 AM

            Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 1:30 p.m. on March 1. Agreed to without objection.

            • 11:18:14 AM

              Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Thursday, March 1, 2018, it adjourn to meet on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.

              • 11:18:47 AM

                Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 748 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1865) to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes."

              • 11:20:06 AM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 748.

                • 11:20:26 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                • 11:20:29 AM

                  MR. COLLINS

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MY FRIEND, MS. SLAUGHTER. PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 11:20:40 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 11:20:42 AM

                  MR. COLLINS

                  DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE…

                  DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                • 11:20:52 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 11:20:53 AM

                  MR. COLLINS

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 11:23:59 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                • 11:24:03 AM

                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE…

                  GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 11:24:09 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 11:24:11 AM

                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  THANK YOU. TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER, OUR LAWS PASS WITH THE BEST OF…

                  THANK YOU. TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER, OUR LAWS PASS WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS. FAIL TO KEEP PACE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY. WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT. THE BILL WAS PASSED IN 1996 AS CONGRESS' FIRST ATTEMPT TO REGULATE INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL ONLINE. THIS LAW PREVENTED HOSTS OF A WEBSITE FROM BEING TREATED AS A PUBLISHER FOR LEGAL PURPOSES. IT'S ALLOWED EBAY TO FLOURISH WHILE BE LEAGUELY FROASTED FROM THIRD PARTY CONTENT POSTED ON THEIR SITES. 20 YEARS IS AN ETERNITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE AND BAD ACTOR WEBSITES HAVE CREATED PLATFORMS DESIGNED TO FACILITATE ILLEGALITIES LIKE CHILD PROSTITUTION AND SEX TRAFFICKING. THEY USE PROVISIONS IN THIS LAW TO SHIELD THEM FROM ANY LIABILITY. ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS EXAMPLES IS ONLINE ADVERTISER BACKPAGE.COM. SINCE 2011 MORE THAN 20 CIVIL ACTION LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST THIS SITE FOR WILLINGLY FACILITATING SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE PROSTITUTION OF MINORS. HOWEVER, EACH TIME A LEGAL ACTION WAS BROUGHT AGAINST BACK PAGE, FEDERAL LAW SHIELDED THEM FROM LIABILITY. LAST YEAR "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED A CONTRACTOR FOR THIS SITE WAS SO HITSING AND CREATE SEX RELATED ADS DESPITE BACK PAGE'S REPEATED INSISTENCE THAT THEY HAD NO ROLE IN THE CONTENT OF THEIR ADS. BACK PAGE'S LONG-STANDING FEDERAL PROTECTIONS UNDER THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT TO SHIELD ITSELF FROM ALL LIABILITY. IN THE DOUGH VS. BACK PAGE RULING BY THE FIRST CIRCUIT, THE JUDGES HELD EVEN IF BACK PAGE HAD FACILITATED THE CRIME OF SEX TRAFFICKING, THEN THIS LAW SHIELDED THE COMPANY FROM THE CLAIMS THAT WERE FILED BY THE CHILD VICTIMS. THE FIRST CIRCUIT RECENTLY REITERATED THAT WHEN IT THREW OUT YET ANOTHER LAWSUIT AGAINST BACK PAGE. THE COURTS WERE UNABLE TO HELP THESE VICTIMS IT. INSTEAD, ENCOURAGING THEM TO PURSUIT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES. AND THAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY. H.R. 168 -- 1865 FINALLY CREATES A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO HOLD THESE BAD ACTORS THE COURTS WERE UNABLE ACCOUNTABLE AND ALLOW THE VICTIMS TO SEEK THE DAMAGES THAT THEY DESERVE. IT CREATES A NEW OFFENSE IN THE FEDERAL CODE FOR WEBSITES THAT IF SILL TATE THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY -- FACILITATES THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND GIVES PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THE BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF A LOFT GREAT WORK AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER FOR INTRODUCING IT. THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT MADE IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS THAT SUBSTANTIALLY STRENGTHENS THE LEGISLATION, AND HAD CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER'S FULL SUPPORT. ITS INCLUSION OF A BIPARTISAN SENATE LANGUAGE TO DRASTICALLY IMPROVE ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THIS IS LANGUAGE THAT HAS THE SUPPORT OF BOTH THE TECH INDUSTRY AND THE VICTIMS ADVOCACY GROUPS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS SO NICE TO SEE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL, COME TOGETHER ON THIS. AND THROUGH COLLABORATION WE HAVE CRAFTED A BILL THAT DOES JUST MORE THAN UPDATE A 20-YEAR-OLD LAW. IT FULFILLS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT CHILDREN THAT WE REPRESENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:27:59 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                • 11:28:02 AM

                  MR. COLLINS

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD AS MUCH…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THIS ISSUE, MRS. WAGNER FROM MISSOURI.

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                • 11:28:13 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MAY CONSUFMENTE

                • 11:28:16 AM

                  MRS. WAGNER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I LOVE THIS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I LOVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY ON THE RULE FOR H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING, OR FOSTA -- FOSSA. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN -- FOSTA. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN BORN OUT OF NECESSARYITY BUT A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ME SINCE I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO CONGRESS OVER FIVE YEARS AGO. THE BILL IS THE RESULT OF MEETINGS WITH TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIM MIZED BY THE ONLINE SEX -- VICTIMIZED BY THE ONLINE SEX TRADE AND UNABLE TO GET JUSTICE OR RELIEF IN OUR COURT SYSTEMS. TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IS AN HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT, A LONG AWAITED CLARIFICATION FROM THIS CONGRESS THAT THE BUSINESSES THAT SELL OUR CHILDREN ONLINE CAN NO LONGER DO SO WITH IMPUNITY. IT IS A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT THERE ARE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR WEBSITES THAT ACTIVELY PROFIT FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. IT IS A WAKE-UP CALL TO AMERICA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM MAKING CLEAR THAT SEX 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT DOES NOT PRO-- SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS KREINCY ACT DOES NOT PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO WEBSITES ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN MODERN DAY SLAVERY. FOSTA IS A RECOMMITMENT TO AMERICANS THAT CONGRESS NEVER INTENDED TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO COMMIT CRIMES ONLINE THAT THEY COULD NOT COMMIT OFF LINE. IT IS IN MANY OFF LINE. IT IS IN MANY WAYS JUST A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF THE OBVIOUS. CONGRESS DOES NOT BELIEVE AND DID WE NEVER, EVER BELIEVE THAT RAPE WAS A PREREQUISITE OF A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET. . CONGRESS IS MAKING CONGRESS IS MAKING IT CLEAR THAT WE WILL PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND COMBINED WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT WHICH REINSTATES VICTIMS' CENTERED PROVISION FATHERS MY ORIGINAL BILL LAST APRIL, THIS LEGISLATION IS NOW A GUARANTEE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. IT'S A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN AND VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF THEIR BASIC DIGNITIES THAT CONGRESS HEARS THEM AND IS RESPONDING TO THE INJUSTICES THAT THEY ALL HAVE FACED. IT HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY JOURNEY TO GET TO THIS POINT. TO FIND MIDDLE GROUND WITH TECH INDUSTRY, THE VICTIMS' ADVOCATES, TO INCORPORATE THE CONCERNS OF PROSECUTORS AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY, TO MOVE THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE AND TO GET BOTH FOSTA AND THE WALTERS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. SO I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO JOINED MY CRUSADE TO RESTORE JUSTICE TO THE BRAVE CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN ACROSS OUR COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN SOLD ONLINE. I AM GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND HIS TEAM FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE IN HELPING US INCLUDE A STRONG NEW CRIME THAT WILL ENABLE PROSECUTORS TO GET -- TO BETTER TARGET ONLINE TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PRIORITIZE THIS ISSUE. AND I MUST GIVE BIG THANK YOUS TO MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY, OUR WHIP SCALISE AND SPEAKER RYAN FOR LEADING THE WAY IN DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN. I'M GRATEFUL FOR SENATORS PORTMAN AND BLUMENTHAL, SENATORS CORNYN AND MCCASKILL FOR CARRYING THIS ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND ADVOCATING FOR A SOLUTION TO ALLOW VICTIMS TO ACCESS THE CIVIL REMEDIES THAT THEY DESERVE. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR 176 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS, MANY OF WHOM PERSONALLY STOPPED ON THE FLOOR HERE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT VICTIMS OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. AND ESPECIALLY I WANT TO MENTION CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY WHO FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR WHAT IS TRULY A LANDMARK BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO SAVE LIVES. I AM ALSO SO THANKFUL FOR MY DEDICATED STAFF WHO HAVE POINT OF ORDER THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR MINDS -- POURED THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR MINDS INTO THIS FIGHT IN MORE WAYS THAN THE PUBLIC WILL EVER KNOW. FOSTA, COMBINED WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, WILL PROVIDE BETTER CIVIL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS, MORE CONVICTIONS AND MORE PREDATORS BEHIND BARS. AND BECAUSE OF THIS PACKAGE, FEWER BUSINESSES WILL EVER DARE TO ENTER THE SEX TRADE AND FEWER VICTIMS WILL BE SOLD INTO MODERN DAY SEX SLAVERY. LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I AM IN AWE AND GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE SURVIVORS IN THIS FIGHT TO TURN FOSTA AND CESTA INTO LAW. THEY PIECE THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER ALONE. THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED THIS BILL AND THAT'S WHY IT MUST BECOME LAW. I EXPECT THIS LEGISLATION TO SAIL THROUGH THE SENATE AND MAKES ITS WAY TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SO WE CAN PUT THE BAD ACTOR WEBSITES BEHIND BARS, DETER OTHERS FROM ENTERING THIS ECOSYSTEM AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR OUR VICTIMS. THANKS TO YOU AND OUR COLLEAGUES, WHEN WE VOTE TODAY FOR FOSTA AND THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, OUR SURVIVORS WILL KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND JUSTICE WILL INDEED NO LONGER BE OUT OF REACH. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:34:25 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM PLEASED TO…

                  THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                • 11:35:38 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                • 11:35:41 AM

                  MR. ESPAILLAT

                  THANK YOU, MS. SLAUGHTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENDING DACA WILL BE A…

                  THANK YOU, MS. SLAUGHTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENDING DACA WILL BE A NIGHTMARE FOR DREAMERS. IN FACT, IT WILL BE A NIGHTMARE FOR BUSINESSES. A NIGHTMARE FOR AMERICA'S ECONOMY. YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE STATEMENT MAY HAVE BEEN SAID BY THE ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRATION RIGHTS OR MAYBE BY SOME OF THE FAITH-BASED GROUPS THAT SUPPORT IMMIGRATION, BUT IT WASN'T. IT WAS SAID BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT IS SO BECAUSE DACA-ELIGIBLE WORKERS CONTRIBUTE $1.4 BILLION IN FEDERAL TAXES, $2 BILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES, AND $470 MILLION IN MEDICARE EVERY SINGLE YEAR. SO THIS STATEMENT THAT ON ITS FACE WE WOULD THINK WAS MADE BY FOLKS THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY SUPPORTED IMMIGRATION RIGHTS WAS MADE BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE ONE ENTITY THAT IS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, AND THE WELL-BEING OF OUR ECONOMY. RANKING MEMBER NYDIA VELAZQUEZ'S REPORT ON THE END OF DACA, SMALL BUSINESSES FOUND THAT DEPORTING DREAMERS WILL COST $60 BILLION IN REDUCED ECONOMIC GROWTH BY $280 BILLION, INCLUDING $460 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT OVER A DECADE. SO THIS IS THE IMPACT, THE DRAMATIC IMPACT NOT RENEWING DACA. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE EYES OF THESE DREAMERS, WE JUST CAN'T SAY NO TO THEM. YOU CAN'T SAY NO TO A YOUNG PERSON FULL OF ASPIRATIONS, FULL OF DREAMS AND STILL FULL OF SO MUCH HOPE FOR OUR NATION. EVEN UNDER THESE VERY CRITICAL TIMES, CHALLENGING TIMES FOR OUR NATION AND THE WORLD, THESE DREAMERS ARE FULL OF ASPIRATIONS. SO THE QUESTION WILL BE, ARE WE A NATION OF ASPIRATIONS OR A NATION OF DEPORTATION? NEARLY EIGHT IN 10 VOTERS SUPPORT ALLOWING DREAMERS TO REMAIN PERMANENTLY IN OUR COUNTRY. IN RED STATES AND BLUE STATES, IN REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DISTRICTS AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS, OVER 80% OF AMERICANS FEEL THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY IN OUR NATION. EVEN 3/4 OF TRUMP VOTERS AND ONLY 14% BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE FORCED OUT. ONLY 14% OF OUR NATION FEELS THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE KICKED OUT, THROWN OUT IN THE COLD. ONLY 14%. A VERY SMALL MINORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THAT SHOULD BE WHAT WE DO. 91% OF DACA RECIPIENTS YOUNGER THAN 25 ARE EMPLOYED. THERE ARE NO BURDEN ON OUR ECONOMY. WHILE THOSE THAT ARE OVER 25 YEARS OLD HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED AT A RATE OF 93%, 93% OF DACA RECIPIENTS OVER 25 YEARS OLD ARE WORKING, RESIDENTS OF OUR NATION WITH AN AVERAGE EARNING OF $36,000. DREAMERS ARE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, DEVOTED MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES, MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES, FIRST RESPONDERS, THAT'S WHO DREAMERS ARE. THEY ARE NOT A LOAD ON OUR COUNTRY. AS WE SAW IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY, IT WAS A DREAMER WHO MADE FOOD AND VOLUNTEERED TO SET UP BEDS FOR THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE DISPLACED. JESUS CONTRAYAS, A PARAMEDIC WHO WORKED FOR SIX DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE -- CONTRRAS, A PARAMEDIC WHO WORKED FOR SIX DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO VOTE FOR THE MOTION.

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                • 11:40:05 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                  MR. COLLINS

                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. DUNCAN

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND THE RULE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND THE RULE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I WANT TO ALSO COMMEND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, MORE THAN HALF OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE 17 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, THERE WAS AN ASTOUNDING 846% INCREASE FROM 2010 TO 2015 IN REPORTS OF SUSPECTED CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. THEY FOUND THIS TO BE, QUOTE, DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO THE INCREASED USE OF THE INTERNET TO SELL CHILDREN FOR SEX. THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, I WAS A CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE FOR 7 1/2 YEARS TRYING FELONY CRIMINAL CASES. FAR TOO MANY OF THOSE CASES INVOLVED SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS. I WAS TOLD MY FIRST DAY AS A JUDGE THAT WELL OVER 90% OF THE DEFENDANTS IN FELONY CASES CAME FROM FATHER-ABSENT HOUSEHOLDS. CERTAINLY FAMILY BREAKDOWN HAS BEEN A MAJOR FACTOR, MAYBE THE MAJOR FACTOR IN ALMOST ALL SERIOUS CRIMES WE HAVE HAD THROUGH THE YEARS. BUT CERTAINLY ANOTHER PROBLEM IS THAT WE HAVE ADDICTED OUR CHILDREN TO THE COMPUTERS. NOW ALMOST EVERYONE IS ADDICTED TO COMPUTERS, IPADS, IPODS AND SCREENS OF ALL TYPES. WHILE SOME TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN GOOD, IT IS ALSO IN SOME WAYS BEEN VERY HARMFUL TO MANY IN OUR SOCIETY. IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "HAVE SMARTPHONES DESTROYED A GENERATION?" PSYCHOLOGIST GENE WROTE IN THE ATLANTA MAGAZINE, QUOTE, IF YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE ADVICE FOR A HAPPY ADOLESCENT BASED ON THIS SURVEY IT WILL BE STRAIGHTFORWARD, PUT DOWN THE PHONE, TURN OFF THE LAPTOP AND DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE A SCREEN. SHE WROTE THAT TOO MUCH TIME ON THE INTERNET HAS CAUSED TEENAGERS TO BE MUCH MORE SUBJECT TO MENTAL PROBLEMS OF ALL TYPES, EVEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE. WHILE THIS ADVICE PERTAINS TO TEENS, I THINK IT REALLY APPLIES TO EVERYONE. EVEN MOST ADULTS TODAY WOULD BE HEALTHIER BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IF THEY SPENT LESS TIME STARING AT SCREENS. TO DATE, TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE MANY THINGS EASIER, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS INCLUDES THE CRIME OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, VERY NECESSARY AT THIS TIME, AND I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:42:49 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                  MR. COLLINS

                  I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO DO THAT WITH YOU. AT THIS POINT I HAD NONE. I…

                  I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO DO THAT WITH YOU. AT THIS POINT I HAD NONE. I HAD ONE COMING BUT I BELIEVE THEY WON'T BE HERE. IF YOU'RE READY TO CLOSE.

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                • 11:43:04 AM

                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TODAY AND AS WELL…

                  I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TODAY AND AS WELL AS ME HAVE DISCUSSED THE NEED TO PROTECT AMERICA'S CHILDREN. AND THIS BILL IS A GREAT PIECE OF THAT AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. BUT THERE IS MORE THAT WE SHOULD DO. THAT MUST INCLUDE ACTING TO CURB THE NATION'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. EVERY DAY IN AMERICA, 91 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY A GUN. SINCE SANDY HOOK THERE HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO 1,000 MASS SHOOTINGS. THOSE MASS SHOOTINGS ONE WHERE THREE OR MORE PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. IMAGINE THAT. THOUSANDS OF THEM. OUR NATION IS STILL MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE 17 LIVES JUST LAST WEEK WHEN A GUNMAN USING AN AR-15 STYLE RIFLE OPENED FIRE AT THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THAT GUN IS A WEAPON OF WAR, SHOULD ONLY BE IN THE HANDS OF THE MILITARY AND NEVER ON THE STREETS OF THE UNITED STATES. ASSAULT WEAPONS WERE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE, NOT JUST IN THE FLORIDA SHOOTING, BUT ALSO THE MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS, THE MOVIE THEATER IN AURORA, COLORADO, AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SANDY HOOK, CONNECTICUT. THEY WERE PERMITTED UNDER THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN THAT CONGRESS LET EXPIRE IN 2004. AND I WAS HERE WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THAT BAN AND WE SAW A GREAT DECREASE IN GUN DEATHS FROM IT. SO THEY SHOULD BE PROHIBITED TODAY, NOT IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY WANT TO KILL THE MOST PEOPLE THEY CAN IN THE SHORTEST TIME. WHY WOULD WE ALLOW AN INSANITY LIKE THAT? SO I WAS PLEASED TO CO-SPONSOR LEGISLATION THIS WEEK TO REIMPLEMENT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. THE STUDENTS OF THE -- EXCUSE ME -- THE STUDENTS OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS ARE INSPIRING THE ENTIRE NATION TO PUSH CONGRESS TO DO OUR JOB AND TO ACT ON GUN VIOLENCE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT EVERYBODY FEELS FROM ALL OF THIS, BUT WE CAN'T MAINTAIN IT. WE GO FROM ONE TO THE OTHER AS THOUGH NOTHING HAD EVER HAPPENED BEFORE, BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO DO WHAT THE N.R.A. HAS DONE IS FORBID US FROM DOING ANY KIND OF GUN RESEARCH AT THE COMMUNICABLE CENTER. THAT SHOULD BE LIFTED -- DISEASE CENTER. THAT SHOULD BE LIFTED. KEEPING PEOPLE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND NO FLY LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS, EXEMPLOYEESES SEEMS TO BE A -- EXPLOSIVES SEEMS TO BE A NO-BRAINER BUT WE WON'T DO THAT. AND REINSTATING OUR WEAPONS BAN, AGAIN, I THINK IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. PERHAPS THE VOICES OF THOSE INJURED AND GRIEVING CHILDREN CAN BREAK THE GUN LOBBY STRANGLE HOLD ON CONGRESS. I HOPE SO. THE MAJORITY SHOULD HEED THEIR CALL BECAUSE WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE IN A UNIQUE POSITION. UNLIKE THE CLERKY OR GRIEF COUNSELORS OR -- CLERGY OR GRIEF COUNSELORS OR ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO COMBAT THIS VIOLENCE, AND IT CERTAINLY IS, MR. SPEAKER, PAST TIME THAT WE DO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                • 11:46:35 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                • 11:46:36 AM

                  MR. COLLINS

                  AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT…

                  AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017. WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE'LL PREVENT WEBSITES LIKE BACK PAGE FROM HIDING BEHIND SECTION 230 WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY EMPOWERING LAW ENFORCEMENT, STATES ATTORNEYS GENERALS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                • 11:47:01 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                • 11:47:11 AM

                  MS. SLAUGHTER

                  I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

                  YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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              • 11:47:20 AM

                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 748, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 11:48:01 AM

                  Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 747 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4296) to place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4607) to amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes."

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                    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND…

                    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. SEARCH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                  • 11:48:10 AM

                    THE CLERK

                    RESOLUTION.

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                    INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

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                    EXCEPT ONE

                    ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING…

                    ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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              • 11:50:26 AM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 747.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                  MR. BUCK

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN. PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 11:50:41 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. BURKE

                  DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

                  DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                • 11:50:53 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  MR. BUCK

                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. JUST…

                  I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. JUST THREE WEEKS AGO WE HOST ADD SMALL LENDER IN MY DISTRICT OFFICE WHO WAS BEING HINDERED IN HIS EFFORTS TO SERVE HOME BUYERS IN EASTERN COLORADO. WHY? BECAUSE WASHINGTON IN ITS UNYIELDING EFFORT TO REGULATE EVERY DECISION OF AMERICANS LUMPED THIS LENDER INTO A BROADER REGULATION THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSING CRISIS 10 YEARS AGO. THIS ISN'T SOME THEORETICAL EXERCISE. THESE REGULATIONS HAVE REAL IMPACT ON COLORADOANS. THE LAST COLORADOANS. THE LAST TIME I WAS ON THE FLOOR DEBATING THESE ISSUES I DISCUSSED THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITUATION IN COLORADO. WITHOUT COMPLETELY RECOUNTING THAT DEBATE, I WANT TO REITERATE THE BASICS FACTS. FROM 20 2009 TO 2016 COLORADO HAD A NET INCREASE OF 600,000 PEOPLE N THAT SAME TIME HOUSING COSTS SKYROCKETED BY MORE THAN 57%. SINCE 2016, OUR GROWTH HAS BEGUN TO FALL OFF CONSIDERABLY. WHEN THE "DENVER POST" RESEARCH, STATE A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE AND DECADES MORE GROWTH POTENTIAL HAD A DRAMATICALLY SLOWING GROWTH RATE, THEY FOUND IN A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF IT HAD TO DO WITH RISING HOUSING COSTS. WE MUST RECONSIDER OUR WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST REGULATORY APPROACH. HERE IN WASHINGTON CAN'T POSSIBLY KNOW WHAT IS THE BEST FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYER IN FORT MORGAN OR CASTLE ROCK, HERE IN WASHINGTON CAN'T COLORADO. I'M TIRED OF THE ARROGANCE OF WASHINGTON TELLING US IN EASTERN COLORADO WHICH BANKS WE CAN AND CAN'T USE TO IT FINANCE OUR MORTGAGES. IT IS TIME THAT WE BRING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PLACE THAT NEEDS IT MOST. WASHINGTON. THAT'S WHAT THESE TWO FINANCIAL BILLS DO. THEY RETURN POWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY REDUCE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS ON SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, THEREBY FREEING UP CAPITAL, THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS CAN ACCESS TO CREATE NEW JOBS. THEY MAKE COMMONSENSE CHANGES TO FEDERAL LAW SO REGULATORS HAVE TO ROUTINELY REVIEW THEIR REGULATIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE REGULATIONS ARE NOT OVERLY BURDENSOME. EASTERN COLORADOANS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST MINDSET OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. I'M LISTENING TO THEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:52:58 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                • 11:53:01 AM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 11:53:11 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

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                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  MR. SPEAKER -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION WHICH COMBINES TWO BILLS FROM THE…

                  I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION WHICH COMBINES TWO BILLS FROM THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, H.R. 460 AND H.R. 4296, LEGISLATION TO UNDERCUT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER A COMPLETELY CLOSED PROCESS. THESE ARE THE 66 AND 67TH CLOSED RULES THIS -- OF THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S TOTAL LACK OF CONSIDERATION FOR REGULAR ORDER. FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, REGULAR ORDER IS DEAD IN THIS CONGRESS. WE CONSIDER ONE CLOSED RULE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER. AND REPUBLICANS ROUTINELY RUSH BILLS TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT EVEN HOLDING HEARINGS ON THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION TO HELP MEMBERS BERT UNDERSTAND THE IMPACTS OF THESE BILLS AND BENEFIT FROM EXPERT WITNESSES. WHAT IS ESPECIALLY SHAMEFUL ABOUT THE PROCESS TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE FACT THAT THERE WERE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED, BUT REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO SELF-EXECUTE THESE NONGERMANE AMENDMENTS WITH NO DEBATE OR DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. TO SHUT DOWN THE ABILITY OF MEMBERS TO OFFER ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS. THIS IS JUST BAD LEGISLATING PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND I HOPE THAT IF NOVEMBER TURNS OUT THE WAY I HOPE IT DOES, AND WE HAVE A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS, THAT WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE THAT WE RUN THIS PLACE LIKE PROFESSIONALS. LIKE ADULTS. WHERE WE RESPECT ALL POINTS OF VIEW. WHERE WE GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER AND WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER AND MEAN IT. WHY ARE WE DOING IT ALL THIS, MR. SPEAKER? WHAT IS POSSIBLY SO URGENT THAT WE HAVE TO THROW REGULAR ORDER OUT THE WINDOW? TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING ANOTHER TWO PIECES OF DEREGULATORY LEGISLATION THAT WILL BENEFIT BIG BANKS AT THE EXPENSE OF FINANCIAL STABILITY TO OUR ECONOMY AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS THAT HELP EVERYDAY FAMILIES. H.R. 4607 H.R. 4607 WOULD CREATE A LOPSIDED APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTING REGULATION THAT IS FORCES AGENCIES TO CONSIDER THE COSTS OF REGULATIONS ON BANKERS WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. H.R. 4296 WOULD UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF REGULATORS TO ESTABLISH OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY FROM ANOTHER CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT CONGRESS TO PUT THEM FIRST. NOT THE BIG BANKS. ESPECIALLY THE BIG BANKS THAT WRECKED OUR ECONOMY AND ENDANGERED THE LIFE SAVINGS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES. WE OWE IT TO THEM TO BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP THEIR LIVES AND WILL MAKE OUR COUNTRY BETTER. BUT SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO ACT ON MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS NEARLY TWO WEEKS SINCE 17 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 14 STUDENTS, WERE GUNNED DOWN AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THIS WAS ONE OF THE WORST SHOOTINGS OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. IT WAS THE EIGHTH SCHOOL SHOOTING THIS YEAR. IT'S ONLY FEBRUARY. YET REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE NOT LIFTED A FINGER TO TAKE UP BIPARTISAN GUN REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP TO PREVENT SHOOTINGS LIKE THESE AND PROTECT OUR KIDS. INSTEAD WE'RE HERE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WILL ONLY HELP THE ALREADY RICH AND POWERFUL. THIS IS SHAMEFUL, ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL, MR. SPEAKER. ACCORDING TO THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, A NONPROFIT THAT MONITORS GUN VIOLENCE, SINCE 2014 THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 1,360 MASS SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA. IN 2018 ALONE, LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, A NONPROFIT THAT MONITORS GUN 400 TEENS, AGE 12 THROUGH 17, AND 90 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 11 KILLED OR INJURED BY GUNS. YET THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE EVEN REFUSES TO BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION BANNING BUMP STOCKS. A REFORM AGREED UPON BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I THOUGHT. THE N.R.A. HAS EVEN SAID, I QUOTE, DEVICES DESIGN TO ALLOW SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES TO FUNCTION LIKE FULLY AUTOMATIC SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS. END QUOTE. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY MEANT IT BUT THEY SAID T PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED, I QUOTE, I WILL BE STRONGLY PUSHING COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON MENTAL HEALTH, RAISE AGE TO 21, AND END SALE OF BUMP STOCKS, EXCLAMATION POINT. CONGRESS IS IN THE MOOD TO TIMELY DO SOMETHING ON THIS ISSUE. I HOPE, EXCLAMATION POINT. END OF QUOTE. NOW IT IS TRUE THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS SO ERRATIC HE CHANGES HIS MIND FROM HOUR TO THE NEXT. BUT SO FAR I HAVEN'T SEEN A RETRACTION TWEET. SO WE -- I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE HE'S STILL STANDING BY HIS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THESE MODEST GUN SAFETY REFORMS. YET HERE WE'RE JUST DAYS AFTER THIS HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING AND NOT ONE SINGLE GUN REFORM, GUN SAFETY BILL IS BEING VOTED ON OR EVEN SCHEDULED FOR A VOTE. I AM FURIOUS THAT IN THE FACE OF SUCH TRAGEDY AND SUCH SENSELESS VIOLENCE THAT THIS CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING. NOT A THING, TO PROTECT OUR KIDS AND FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. STUDENTS FROM AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT IN MASSACHUSETTS SENT ME A LETTER LAST WEEK THAT EVERY REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS SHOULD READ. AND THEY WRITE, AND I QUOTE, 17 INNOCENT PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. THAT SCARES US. IT SCARES US THAT KIDS HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL WONDERING IF THEY ARE NEXT. THAT WE EVEN HAVE TO THINK THAT THE NEXT TIME WE SEE SOME OF OUR CLASSMATES OR TEACHERS MAY BE IN THEIR OPEN CASKETS. WHAT SCARES US MOST OF ALL IS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FAILS TO DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE THIS. THEY CONTINUE. THEY ARE GONE BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY DOESN'T CARE ENOUGH TO HAVE BETTER GUN CONTROL. AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING UNTIL THEY GET THEIR JUSTICE. WE'RE WRITING THIS LETTER BECAUSE WE WANT TO PERSONALLY ASK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR POLITICIANS, HOW MANY MORE KILLINGS MUST WE BEAR BEFORE THE LAWS ARE CHANGED? OUR COUNTRY IS NO LONGER SAFE, NOT IN SCHOOL, CHURCH, CONCERTS, PARTIES, OR EVEN PUBLIC MEETING AREAS. PLEASE CHOOSE TO DO CHANGED? OUR COUNTRY IS NO LONGER SAFE, NOT IN SOMETHING. ALL OF OUR LIVES DEPEND ON YOUR ACTIONS, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THEIR LETTER IN THE RECORD.

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                • 12:00:04 PM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  CAN I NOT SAY IT BERT THAN THESE STUDENTS -- I CANNOT SAY IT BETTER THAN…

                  CAN I NOT SAY IT BERT THAN THESE STUDENTS -- I CANNOT SAY IT BETTER THAN THESE STUDENTS, MR. SPEAKER. THESE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE WRITING TO CONGRESS BEGGING US TO DO SOMETHING TO END VIOLENCE. THEY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT A BETTER FUHR. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, ARE YOU -- FUTURE. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE YOU SO BEHOLDEN TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION YOU COULD POSSIBLY TURN YOUR BACKS ON OUR COUNTRY'S YOUNG PEOPLE? . 80% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT BAN ON ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPONS LIKE THE ONES USED IN THE FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING, AND 90% SUPPORT TOUGHER BACKGROUND CHECKS. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY SHOULD BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER ON, BUT I WOULD SAY EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT WHAT I THINK IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND COMMONSENSE REFORM, UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DO SUPPORT THIS AND AT LEAST BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE AND THAT PEOPLE CAN VOTE HOWEVER THEY WANT TO VOTE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THESE TERRIBLE BILLS THAT HELP BIG BANKS AND PUT CONSUMERS IN OUR COUNTRY AT RISK AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE REAL PRIORITIES THAT WE SHOULD BE TACKLING. IT IS LONG PAST TIME FOR CONGRESS TO FINALLY DO SOMETHING TO STOP THESE HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTINGS THAT ARE TAKING THE LIVES OF OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE COULD HAVE JUST AS EASILY SPENT THIS AFTERNOON DEBATING AND APPROVING ONE OR MORE OF ANY OF THE GUN SAFETY AND GUN REFORM MEASURES THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE COULD HAVE SHOWN HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, OUR CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE HEARD THEM, THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM, AND THAT WE'RE STARTING TO TAKE ACTION. INSTEAD, WE'RE DEBATING THESE WORTHLESS BILLS TO HELP BIG BANKS AND CONTINUING TO IGNORE OUR CHILDREN'S SUFFERING. SHAME ON THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. SHAME ON ALL OF US. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

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                  MR. BUCK

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                • 12:02:18 PM

                  MR. LOUDERMILK

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS RULE. I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED WHEN I WALKED IN BASED ON WHAT I WAS HEARING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WHAT BILL WE WERE ACTUALLY DISCUSSING. LET ME SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I GET INTO WHY I'M RISING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THESE IMPORTANT BILLS THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BEING SOMEONE THAT'S BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF BEING SHOT AT, WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON HOW DO WE MAKE OUR CHILDREN SAFE. AND I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER IS DEEPLY, DEEPLY CONCERNED ON THAT. AND WE HAVE TO ASSUME THE NEXT SHOOTER IS THERE AND HE ALREADY HAS A WEAPON. AND THE ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE MUST BE FOCUSED CLEARLY ON HOW DO WE MAKE THESE CHILDREN SAFE. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER THAT WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT, ESPECIALLY I KNOW ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO THAT. BUT TODAY WE'RE HERE SPEAKING ON A RULE THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TWO BILLS THAT WE'RE BRINGING UP. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY MY BILL, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATE REVIEW ACT, BUT ALSO MY COLLEAGUE, FROM LUETKEMEYER'S BILL, WHICH WE'RE ALSO DISCUSSING HERE. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS CONTINUING TO TAKE UP STRONGLY BIPARTISAN BILLS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED SO FAR, MR. SPEAKER, -- THE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED 91 BILLS IN THIS CONGRESS, AND WE HAVE TAKEN OUR REMARKABLE PRODUCTIVITY TO THE FLOOR BY PASSING 36 BILLS OUT OF THIS CHAMBER, AND SIX OF THEM HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. MY BILL, WHICH WE ARE BEGINNING TO DEBATE HERE TODAY, IS ANOTHER STRONGLY BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WILL PROVIDE REGULATE RELIEF FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A HISTORICAL TREND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO OVERREGULATE AFTER AN ECONOMIC RECESSION. THE RECOVERY FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2008 TO 2009 WAS WEAK AND SLOW FOR MANY REASONS. NOT LEAST OF WHICH WAS OVERREGULATION OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR BY THE DODD-FRANK ACT AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. SOME WOULD ARGUE THERE IS ALSO A TREND TO UNDERREGULATE DURING GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES, LIKE WE ARE LIVING IN NOW. SOME SAY THAT THE REGULATE RELIEF LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL LEAD TO ABUSES BY BIG BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CAUSE ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS. BUT THESE BILLS WILL NOT CAUSE THE GOVERNMENT TO UNDERREGULATE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THEY WILL SIMPLY IMPLEMENT SMART REGULATION. IN OTHER WORDS, THESE BILLS DO NOT GUT OR ELIMINATE REGULATION. THEY RIGHT SIZE REGULATION AND MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT. BACK IN 1996 CONGRESS DID A GOOD THING BY PASSING THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT, OR AS WE CALL IT, EGREPA. IT REQUIRES REGULATE AGENCIES TO GO BACK ONCE A DECADE AND REVIEW THEIR REGULATIONS TO IDENTIFY THOSE THAT MAY BE OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY OR OVERLY BURDENSOME. AND THEN THEY ARE TO SEND A REPORT TO CONGRESS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE AGENCIES TO ELIMINATE REGULATION IFS THEY DETERMINE THEY ARE INAPPROPRIATE. MAKE -- REGULATIONS IF THEY DETERMINE THEY ARE INAPPROPRIATE. THIS IS A VERY VALUABLE TOOL BUT REGULATE REVIEWS HAVE BEEN VIEWED AS MERELY AS A CHECK THE BOX EXERCISE BY THESE AGENCIES AND IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR. MANY BELIEVE THE TWO REPORTS WHICH WERE RELEASED IN 2007 AND THEN A DECADE LATER IN 2017 WERE LACKLUSTER AND COULD HAVE PRODUCED MORE USEFUL RECOMMENDATIONS TO POLICYMAKERS AND UNDER THE CURRENT LAW IT WILL BE ANOTHER DECADE BEFORE WE COULD ACTUALLY LOOK AT THOSE REGULATIONS AGAIN. IT COULD ALSO RESULT IN MORE ACTION FROM THE REGULATORS TO CLEAN UP OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARY RULES. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO REVIEW THIS AND REVITALIZE THIS LAW. MY BILL CONTAINS SEVERAL REVIEWS TO THE PROCESS THAT WILL BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE LAW AND MAKE SURE IT'S NOT SIMPLY A CHECK THE BOX EXERCISE FOR REGULATORS. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT REGULATE REVIEWS BY REMOVING -- MOVING THE REVIEW CYCLE FROM 10 TO SEVEN YEARS. IT WILL EXPAND IT TO INCLUDE ALL REGULATED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS INSTEAD OF THE ONLY INSURED DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS. IT WILL INCLUDE THE CFPB AND THE BILL WILL ALSO CODIFY THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION INTO IT SINCE THE NCUA PARTICIPATED IN LATEST REVIEW VOLUNTARILY. IT WILL REQUIRE THE CFPB TO USE ITS FINDINGS IN THE DODD-FRANK REGULATE REVIEWS AND THE REPORTS SO THE CFPB DOES NOT WASTE TIME ON RULES IT'S ALREADY REVIEWED. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE AGENCIES TO TAILOR RULES THEY FIND TO BE UNNECESSARY, OUTDATED OR OVERLY BURDENSOME BASED ON THE SIZE AND RISK PROFILE OF THE BANK OR CREDIT UNION. THAT IS THE REGULATORS MAKING THE DETERMINATION. NOT THE BANKS AND NOT THE INSTITUTIONS.

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                  MR. BUCK

                  I YIELD ONE MORE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                • 12:07:45 PM

                  MR. LOUDERMILK

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM WRAPPING UP. THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM WRAPPING UP. THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE OF MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDING ALL REPUBLICANS AND EIGHT DEMOCRATS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUES, AND LET'S BE HONEST,…

                  MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUES, AND LET'S BE HONEST, THE TWO BILLS THAT WE'RE DEBATING TODAY ARE NOTHINGBURGERS. YOU KNOW, I JUST FIGURED THIS OUT. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WE HAVE SPENT 43% OF THE BILLS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN FINANCIAL SERVICE-RELATED BILLS. MOSTLY TO UNDERCUT DODD-FRANK AND TO REWARD BIG BANKS AND POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS BUT WE COULD DEBATE THAT. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MOST OF THIS LEGISLATION, MOST I THINK HAS BEEN DESTRUCTIVE TO OUR ECONOMY OR IT DOESN'T ADD UP TO VERY MUCH OF ANYTHING, BUT NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF IT, AND WE CAN SAY BANKING ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THEY'RE NOT AS IMPORTANT AS PROTECTING OUR KIDS. 43% OF THE BILLS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE BASICALLY BEEN ATTEMPTS TO REWARD BIG CORPORATIONS AND BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE SPENT ZERO TIME, 0% OF OUR TIME DISCUSSING LEGISLATION TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME IN THE RULES COMMITTEE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF THE TIME DEBATING A BILL TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME DISCUSSING HOW WE CAN RESTRICT HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME ON THE ISSUE OF GUNS, NOTWITHSTANDING WE ARE SEEING MASSACRES OCCUR ON A REGULAR BASIS IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE. . WE HAVE THE TIME, AND IF THIS WERE A PRIORITY WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THIS COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION TODAY RATHER THAN, AS I SAID, THESE NOTHINGBURGERS THAT ARE NOW BEFORE US. MR. SPEAKER, LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO A GUNMAN WALKED INTO A SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, AND GUNNED DOWN 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. UNFORTUNATELY, SENSELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE LIKE THAT ONE ARE FAR TOO COMMON. ACCORDING TO EVERY TOWN FOR GUN SAFETY, EVERY DAY 96 AMERICANS ARE KILLED WITH GUNS AND EVERY YEAR THERE ARE 13,000 GUN HOMICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH THIS MOST RECENT TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND, AMERICANS HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE ALL BEEN INSPIRED BY THESE ELOQUENT AND PASSIONATE VOICES OF THESE YOUNG STUDENTS FROM FLORIDA WHO HAVE -- HAD THE GUTS TO STAND UP AND SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. BUT MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO A POLL LAST WEEK, OVER 90% OF AMERICANS ARE IN FAVOR OF UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN PURCHASES. ACCORDING TO A CNN POLL FROM YESTERDAY, OVER 70% ARE IN FAVOR OF STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS GENERALLY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CLAMORING FOR ACTION ON THIS ISSUE. AND WE HAVE YET TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. NOT ONE THING. AS I MENTIONED, ALL OF OUR TIME HAS BEEN SPENT MOSTLY ON LEGISLATION TO HELP THE WELL-OFF AND THE POWERFUL IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE NOT SPENT ANY TIME AT ALL TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF GUNS WHICH ARE KILLING OUR KIDS. BUT TODAY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN OVER THE POWER OF THE GUN LOBBY. I WANT TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF WE DEFEAT THE BREFF QUESTION I WILL OFFER -- PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER H.R. 3240, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT, H.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUND CHECK COMPLETION ACT, AND H.R. 2598, THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER ACT. THESE BILLS WILL CLOSE THE DANGEROUS GUN SHOW AND INTERNET SALE BACKGROUND CHECK LOOPHOLES, PREVENT THE SALE OF GUNS WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK, AND ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE A DANGER TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS CAN BE PREVENTED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A GUN. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                  AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                  AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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                • 12:12:29 PM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IN THE REVISION OF HIS REMARKS IF HE WOULDN'T JUST CLEAR UP ONE POINT. HE HAD MENTIONED THIS CONGRESS HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING IN REGARD TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. WHILE TRUE, IT'S NOT COMPLETELY ACCURATE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS CONGRESS IS CONTROLLED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DETERMINES WHAT BILLS GO FOR A HEARING, WHAT BILLS COME UP FOR A VOTE. SO THE FACT IS THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE STOPPING COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENT PREVENTION LEGISLATION FROM COMING UP FOR A VOTE TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE SAFE. AND MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT THIS HOUSE COULD BE CONSIDERING. BUT NONE MORE IMPORTANT THAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. THERE'S NO SINGLE BILL NOR POLICY THAT WILL END GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK. EVERY DAY BACKGROUND CHECKS STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING A GUN. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE BLOCKED FROM BUYING A GUN FROM A LICENSED DEALER CAN GO AROUND THE BLOCK, AROUND THE CORNER, OR DOWN THE STREET TO A GUN SHOW OR TO AN ONLINE SITE AND GET A GUN, OFTENTIMES THE SAME GUN, WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. THERE'S A REASON THAT 97% OF AMERICANS WANT TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. EVEN THE PRESIDENT HAS COME OUT AND SAID THAT HE'S IN SUPPORT OF THIS. I CAN'T THINK OF MANY THINGS THAT AMERICANS AGREE ON 90% OF THE TIME. BUT THEY DO SO ON BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL READY TO GO. H.R. 4240, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CO-AUTHORING THAT BILL, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT, THAT WOULD HELP GET MORE RECORDS INTO THE NCIS SYSTEM AND WILL EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO ALL COMMERCIAL SALES. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE 44TH MOMENT OF SILENCE. LET'S ACT NOW. OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND GIVE US A VOTE ON H.R. 4240. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WILL MUSTER THE COURAGE TO BRING BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE FOR A VOTE? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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                • 12:15:43 PM

                  MR. LUETKEMEYER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH YOU THIS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH YOU THIS AFTERNOON. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE, COMBINED RULE, FOR H.R. 4296, MY BILL, THAT ADDRESSES DIFFICULTIES WITH OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, AND H.R. 4607, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. BOTH THESE BILLS ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO REGULATION THAT WILL IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 4296, WILL REPLACE MISGUIDED STANDARDS IMPOSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SETTERS. THE COMMITTEE REQUIRES U.S. INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD EXCESSIVE CAPITAL BASED ON A LOOK-BACK APPROACH OF AN ORGANIZATION'S RISKS, PREVIOUS EARNINGS, AND OTHER PROVISIONS THAT PROVIDE NO INDICATION OF FUTURE RISKS. THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED BY THIS INTERNATIONAL BODY HAS FORCED OUR BANKS TO HOLD HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RESERVE RATHER THAN PUTTING THE MONEY TO WORK IN THE FORM OF LOANS AND INVESTMENTS. THAT'S MONEY THAT COULD BE USED TO FUND MORTGAGE LOANS, CAR LOANS, AND OTHER DAY TO DAY FINANCING FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. I RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR NATION'S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD CAPITAL IN THE EVENT OF A FUTURE CRISIS OR DISTRESS. AND H.R. 4296 MAINTAINS THOSE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE ADEQUATE CAPITAL TO GUARD AGAINST LOSS. BUT THERE IS A SWEET SPOT THAT NEEDS TO BE ATTAINED AND REGULATORS CAN DO THAT, IF YOU HAVE PROPER REGULATION IN PLACE. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS AMEND THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RESERVE CAPITAL IS CALCULATED BY FOLKS IN BE A ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES -- FOLKS IN AN ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES. THE METHODS-BASED APPROACH CALIBRATES OPERATIONAL CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT MAIN TRAINS STRONG AND FINANCIAL HEALTHY INSTITUTIONS WHILE UNSHACKLING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR LENDING PURPOSES. THE SECOND BILL WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY PROVIDES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE A MORE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO REGULATION. H.R. 4607, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT, SPONSORED BY MR. LOUDERMILK OF GEORGIA, OFFERS A HOLISTIC APPROACH. THIS BILL REQUIRES ALL FINANCIAL -- FEDERAL FINANCIAL AGENCIES, INCLUDING A CFPB, AND NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OR RIPA. COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW IS TO MAKE SURE STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS. ADDITIONALLY, 4607 REQUIRES THE AGENCIES TO MEET EVERY SEVEN YEARS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY EVALUATION. AS OPPOSED TO CURRENT 10-YEAR PSYCH UNTIL STATUTE. I'M HARD-PRESSED TO THINK OF A LESS CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAN THIS ONE, REQUIRING REGULATORS TO REVIEW THE IMPACT OF THEIR ACTIONS ON A MORE FREQUENT BASIS IS A SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD WAY TO -- STRAIGHTFORWARD WAY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY. THESE BILLS HAVE GARNERED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THEY ARE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS THAT WILL PROPERLY GUIDE SUPERVISORS TO ENFORCE MORE EFFECTIVE REGULATION. THE RESULT OF THESE MODEST BILLS -- IT WILL PROMOTE A VIBRANT AND OPEN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 12:19:11 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO REEMBS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO REEMBS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 12:19:15 PM

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                  I INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, IF HE HAD HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS…

                  I INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, IF HE HAD HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS ON HIS SIDE?

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                • 12:19:19 PM

                  MR. BUCK

                  I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                • 12:19:21 PM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

                • 12:19:24 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:19:26 PM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID AT THE OUTSET. THAT THE RULE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID AT THE OUTSET. THAT THE RULE WE'RE CONSIDERING WOULD MAKE IN ORDER TWO FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS THAT I THINK AMOUNT TO NOTHING BURGERS. EXCEPTIONALY COMPARED TO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING -- ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND KIDS FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THAT SHOULD TAKE PRIORITY OVER THIS. WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FLORIDA HERE GOING DOOR TO DOOR, TALKING TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, BEGGING US TO DO SOMETHING. AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO CONSIDER? WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. I DID A COUPLE OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS OVER THE WEEKEND AND I COULD TELL MY COLLEAGUES, TRUTHFULLY, THAT NOBODY, NOBODY IN THE AUDIENCE ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. NOR DID THEY BRING UP THE NEED FOR US TO RUSH AHEAD AND PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. BUT THEY DID ASK WHAT WE'RE DOING TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS. AND TO PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS. WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHEN PARENTS HAVE TO WONDER WHEN THEY SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING WHETHER THEY WILL COME BACK. ALIVE. WE'RE LIVING IN A TIME WHEN GOING TO THE MOVIE THEATER IS A RISK. WHEN GOING TO A CONCERT IS A RISK. WHEN GOING TO CHURCH IS A RISK. I MEAN, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT. AND I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE BEHOLDEN TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, I GET IT. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO STAND UP TO THEM, THAT'S FINE. BUT DON'T STAND IN THE WAY OF THIS HOUSE HAVING A DEBATE ON THESE ISSUES AND HAVING A VOTE. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE WHERE EVERYBODY STANDS. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. I MEAN, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME THAT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS TRAGEDY THAT WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT STRENGTHENING OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS, EXPANDING OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT BANNING BUMP STOCKS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT DEALING WITH HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO VOTE FOR THOSE THINGS IF THEY DON'T WANT. TO BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT -- WANT TO. BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. YOU SEE IT IN THE POLLING DA AT IT. I HEAR IT WHEN I GO -- DATA. I HEAR IT WHEN I GO HOME AND TALK TO TOWN HALLS. PEOPLE ARE JUST FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE DOING NOTHING. YEAH, WE DO HOLD MOMENTS OF SILENCE. AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. AND I THINK SOME IN THE N.R.A. ARE HOPING THAT THIS IS KIND OF BUSINESS AS USUAL. THAT WE'LL HAVE THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AND THEN AS TIME GOES ON PEOPLE WILL FOCUS LESS AND LESS ON IT. THE MEDIA WILL FOCUS LESS AND LESS ON IT. AND WE'LL KIND OF MOVE ON. I REMEMBER IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING, THERE WAS TALK ABOUT BANNING BUMP STOCKS. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA. EVEN THE N.R.A. DID. TIME WENT ON. THE FOCUS WENT OFF OF WHAT HAPPENED IN LAS VEGAS. AND WE DID NOTHING. SO, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE HOPING FOR. IS THAT TIME WILL PASS AND WE'LL DO NOTHING. BUT IT'S SUCH AN ABROGATION OF OUR DUTY AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND I JUST DON'T GET IT. I DON'T GET IT. SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS ANOTHER CLOSED RULE. MAKES A MOCKERY OF REGULAR ORDER. BUT WHAT IS EVEN MORE DISTURBING TO ME IS THAT WE ARE PRIORITIZING BANKING ISSUES OVER PROTECTING OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILIES. AND I JUST FIND THAT UNCONSCIONABLE. AND I THINK THE ANGER IN THIS COUNTRY IS JUST GROWING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. I HAVE GREAT HOPE THAT THESE YOUNG VOICES, NOT JUST THOSE FROM PARKLAND, FLORIDA, BUT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WHO WANT A FUTURE WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL, THEIR VOICES ARE GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO CAVE. AND THEY'RE GOING TO DEMAND CHANGE. IT'S THEIR FUTURE. AND THEY WANT US TO GIVE THEM A FUTURE WHERE THEY FEEL SAFER AND MORE PROTECTED. AND SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING UP SOME COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. AGAIN, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT, YOU CAN VOTE NO. BUT WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE DEBATE. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT'S PARTICULARLY INSULTING TO SO MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THIS HOUSE. WHEN IT COMES TO GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. IS THAT WE DON'T EVEN HAVE THE GUTS TO HAVE A DEBATE. WE DON'T EVEN BRING IT UP. IT'S NOT A PRIORITY. AND I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOW, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY. AND SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, A NO VOTE ON THE RULE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 12:25:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 12:25:22 PM

                  MR. BUCK

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CLOSE DEBATE TODAY BY REVIEWING A FEW…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CLOSE DEBATE TODAY BY REVIEWING A FEW BASIC TRUTHS. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN LAST DECADE, WASHINGTON EMBARKED ON A CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE THE POWER OF WALL STREET OVER AMERICANS. IN TYPICAL WASHINGTON FASHION, WE INSTEAD GOT A MONSTROSITY OF A NEW REGULATORY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS ALL BUT SNUFFED OUT MAIN STREET LENDERS. THE PLAN TO REDUCE WALL STREET'S INFLUENCE ACTUALLY INCREASED IT. THIS HOUSE, NOT THE SENATE, BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS REFUSED TO ACT, BUT THIS HOUSE LISTENED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PASSED THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT. INSTEAD OF EMBARKING ON A CAMPAIGN THAT HURT AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PROPPED UP WALL STREET, WE SET OUT WITH ONE GOAL. INCREASE THE FINANCIAL FREEDOM OF AMERICANS. AND WE DID THAT. WE PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATIONS, TO THE BETTERMENT OF AMERICANS. THESE BILLS BEFORE US TODAY CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK FOR ALL AMERICANS, NOT JUST THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD POLITICAL CONNECTIONS. EASTERN COLORADANS SHOULD KNOW THAT I SERVE THEM AND THEM ALONE, AS LONG AS I HAVE THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT THEM, I WILL WORK TO REDUCE WASHINGTON'S ROLE IN THEIR LIFE. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT AND THESE BILLS. I HOPE THAT HE WILL REMAIN ENGAGED IN THIS EFFORT AS HE COMMENCES THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS DEBATE TO THE FLOOR TODAY. WE MUST NEVER YIELD IN PUTTING AMERICANS FIRST IN OUR PUBLIC POLICY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERSTOOD UNDERLYING BILL. I -- AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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              • 12:27:02 PM

                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 747, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. McGovern demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

                • 12:27:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                • 12:27:13 PM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  MR. SPEAKER.

                • 12:27:15 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:27:17 PM

                  MR. MCGOVERN

                  ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                • 12:27:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                  THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                • 12:27:38 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE…

                  THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON FEBRUARY 27, 2018, AT 9:24 A.M. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO, WITHOUT AN AMENDMENT, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 103, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 107. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                • 12:28:09 PM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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                • 12:28:14 PM

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                  CHAIR.

                • 12:28:15 PM

                  The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on February 27, 2018 at 9:24 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 103 and H. Con. Res. 104.

                • 12:28:26 PM

                  Recess

                  The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

                  • 01:07:19 PM

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                    WE LEAVE WASHINGTON JOURBLE HERE. THE HOUSE BACK FOR WORK ON VOTES. THE…

                    WE LEAVE WASHINGTON JOURBLE HERE. THE HOUSE BACK FOR WORK ON VOTES. THE FIRST VOTE OF THE DAY STARTING SHORT-TERM. QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THHOUSE AND OFFE THE RESOLUTIOPREVIOUSLY NOTID.

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                • 01:07:29 PM

                  Reconvened

                  The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 27.

                  • 01:07:31 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE CLRK WILL REPORTHE RESOLUTION.

                  • 01:07:34 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE EECTS EVE COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. EREAS 30 PEOP ARE…

                    WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE EECTS EVE COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. EREAS 30 PEOP ARE KILLED EVERDAY BY SEONE USING A GU WHEREAS MORE THAN 2,2 PEOE HAVE BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR BY SOMEONE USING GUN. WHEAS THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAS34 MASS SHOOTINGS THIS AR. WHILE MASS SHOOTIN OFTEN RECEIVE MEDIA ATTENTION, GUN VIOLENCE IS PRESENT EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WHEREAS SINCE E TREDY AT SAND HOOK LEMENTA SCHOOL, THE HOUSE OFEPSENTATIVES HASELD 43 MOMENTS OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF PEOPLE LLED SOMEONE USING GUNS. WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLEAND LAW-ABIDING. WHERS THE SUPREME COURT IN S DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLERDECISION RECOGNIZED THE RIGHT TKEEP AND BR ARMS. WHERE THE BRADHANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED ON NOVEMBER 30, 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUNHECKS VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND EVERY DAY STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DESTI ABUSERS, AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING AUN. WHEAS OVER TWO MILLION GUN SALES WERE BCKED SINCE ENACTMENT THE BRADYANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVEION ACT. WHEAS 90% OF A BKGROUND CHECKS ARE DONE ITANTLY. WHEREAS THETATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CCKS, 47% FEWER WOMEN ARE MURDERED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER. HEREAS IN STATES THAT QUIRE BACKGROUND CCKS, THERE ARE 47% FIREM SURE SIDES. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHCKS, 53% FEWER LAW ENFCEMENT OFFICERARE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WHEREAS 97%F AMERICANS PED SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUN SALES HEREASN MANY STATE NOES ACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUID TO BUA GUN ONLINE OR AT A GUN OW AND WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, WHETHER ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATS, MUST NOWFOCUS ON STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND ECKS. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THATHE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIV SHOU IMMEDIATELCONSIDER H.R. 440, THEUBLIC HEALTH -- THE PLIC SAFETY AND SECD AMENDMENT RIGH PROTECTI ACT OF 2017, ANH.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUN CHECK COMPLEON ACT OF 2017.

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                • 01:07:34 PM

                  PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION

                  Mr. Thompson (CA) was recognized to offer a privileged resolution subsequent to the foregoing notification.

                  • 01:08:00 PM

                    A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE

                    Mr. Thompson (CA) was recognized to be heard on the question of whether his resolution constituted a point of privilege. Subsequently, the Chair ruled that the resolution did not constitute a point of privilege.

                    • 01:09:42 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      DOES E GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WISH TO PRESENT ARGUMENT ON THE…

                      DOES E GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WISH TO PRESENT ARGUMENT ON THE RLIAMENTARY IUIRY?

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                    • 01:09:48 PM

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                      YES, I DO, MR. SPEAKER.

                    • 01:09:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PO TEMPORE

                      THE NTMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 01:09:51 PM

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                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. R. SAKER, IT'SUR DUTY A LAWMAKERS AND…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. R. SAKER, IT'SUR DUTY A LAWMAKERS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS LAWS TT WILL MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. AND SO F, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS AS DONE NOTHING IN REGADS TO A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. . ERY MEMR HERE KNOWS SOMETHING MUST BONE ABOUT GU VIOLENCE. WE MAY NOT AGREE ON WT THAT IS, BUT EVERYONE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UN-- UNITED STES OF AMERICTO THE APIRING YOU LEADER WHO ARE LEADING A MOVEMENT TODAY OUT OF LORIDA, AGREE.

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                    • 01:10:24 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      PAST TIME TO BRING THIS BILL UP.

                    • 01:11:22 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      IT MUST BE COULD BE FIND TO THE -- IT MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION 69…

                      IT MUST BE COULD BE FIND TO THE -- IT MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION 69 ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO OFFER A RESOLUTION RAISING THE QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE UNDER RULE 9 MUCH THE RESOLUTION OFFERED BY GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA PROVIDES THE HOUSE SHOULD VOTE ON TWO SPECIFIED MESH SHUMPLESE ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL TENETS OF RULE NIGHT AS THE CHAIR RULED ON DECEMBER 10, 2015, THAT THE HOUSE SHOULD CONSIDER A PARTICULAR BILL DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. ON FEBRUARY 6, 201, THE CHAIR RULED A RESOLUTION PROVIDING THE HOUSE SHOULD ACT ON BUSINESS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE. BY CALLING FOR A VOTE ON TWO MEASURES, THE RESOLUTION EXPRESSES THE LEGISLATIVE SENTIMENT IN VIOLATION OF THE PRINCIPLE DOCUMENT IN SECTION 702 AND 706 OF THE HOUSE RULES MANUAL. ACCORDINGLY, THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE.

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                    • 01:12:10 PM

                      Mr. Thompson (CA) appealed the ruling of the Chair.

                      • 01:12:14 PM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

                      • 01:12:21 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STANDS AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE HOUSE.

                      • 01:12:25 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

                      • 01:12:28 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        MR. BURGESS OF TEXAS MOVES TO TABLE THE APPEAL OF THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

                      • 01:12:33 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                      • 01:12:42 PM

                        MR. THOMPSON

                        MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                      • 01:12:46 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE MINUTES VOTES ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 IF ORDERED. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION 747 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                    • 01:13:09 PM

                      Mr. Burgess moved to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair.

                      • 01:14:22 PM

                        On Motion to Table the Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair Roll Call 83 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                        • 01:37:07 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 182.

                        • 01:38:10 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING PREAST QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. 748 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                    • 01:38:14 PM
                      • 01:38:36 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129. HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129. HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 01:38:51 PM

                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question and adoption of H. Res. 747 and H. Res. 748, both of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                      • 01:38:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]. SSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.].

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                      • 01:39:05 PM

                        Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 748 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1865) to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes."

                        • 01:39:25 PM

                          On ordering the previous question Roll Call 84 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                          • 01:46:21 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                      • 01:46:26 PM
                        • 01:46:28 PM

                          On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 85 - Recorded vote pending.

                          • 01:46:35 PM

                            MS. SLAUGHTER

                            MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                          • 01:46:40 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 01:53:16 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TROW CONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE -- MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDER. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                      • 01:53:20 PM

                        House Vote 85 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

                        Passed (235 - 175)
                        Aye
                        No

                        Vote Details: Aye - 235
                        Republican - 226
                        Democratic - 9

                        Vote Details: No - 175
                        Democratic - 175

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
                        Republican - 11
                        Democratic - 9

                        • 01:53:22 PM

                          Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                          • 01:53:28 PM

                            Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 747 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4296) to place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4607) to amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes."

                            • 01:53:34 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 747. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 747. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4296, TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS, ESTABLISHED BY AN APPROPRIATE FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY, AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4607. TO AMEND THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF 1996, TO ENSURE THAT FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS PERFORM A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS, TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED OR OTHERWISE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON COVERED PERSONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 01:54:15 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                          • 01:54:16 PM

                            On ordering the previous question Roll Call 86 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                            • 02:00:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                        • 02:00:18 PM

                          House Vote 86 - On Ordering the Previous Question

                          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4296) to place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4607) to amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes.

                          Passed (227 - 185)
                          Yea
                          Nay

                          Vote Details: Yea - 227
                          Republican - 227

                          Vote Details: Nay - 185
                          Democratic - 185

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
                          Republican - 10
                          Democratic - 8

                          • 02:00:19 PM

                            On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 87 - Recorded vote pending.

                            • 02:00:28 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                            • 02:06:38 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 02:06:40 PM

                          House Vote 87 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

                          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4296) to place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4607) to amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes.

                          Passed (230 - 177)
                          Aye
                          No

                          Vote Details: Aye - 230
                          Republican - 226
                          Democratic - 4

                          Vote Details: No - 177
                          Democratic - 177

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 23
                          Republican - 11
                          Democratic - 12

                          • 02:06:42 PM

                            Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                            • 02:06:55 PM

                              Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

                              • 02:06:58 PM

                                Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 106 — "Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services."

                                • 02:07:01 PM

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                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                • 02:07:14 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

                                • 02:07:59 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF…

                                  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF EMANCIPATION HALL FOR A CEREMONY TO PRESENT THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL COLLECTIVELY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES .

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                                • 02:08:11 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

                                  IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:08:14 PM

                              On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                              • 02:08:16 PM

                                Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                                • 02:09:01 PM

                                  MRS. ROBY

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL TO H.R. 1865.

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                              • 02:09:06 PM

                                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 748. H.R. 1865 — "To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes."

                                • 02:09:08 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, RULE 18,…

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. 1865, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.

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                              • 02:09:11 PM

                                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865 under a structured rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary printed in the bill. The rule also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

                                • 02:09:27 PM

                                  House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 748 and Rule XVIII.

                                  • 02:09:28 PM

                                    The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                                    • 02:09:41 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                    • 02:09:51 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      A BILL TO MEAND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY SECTION 230 OF…

                                      A BILL TO MEAND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 02:10:09 PM

                                  GENERAL DEBATE

                                  The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1865.

                                  • 02:10:25 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD AFTERNOON, TODAY THIS BODY WILL MAKE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD AFTERNOON, TODAY THIS BODY WILL MAKE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING ONLINE SEX EXPLOITATION. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE AS AN ORIGINAL O CO-SPONSOR OF THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT. I HAVE BEEN SO PLEASED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ANN WAGNER ON THIS ISSUE. I KNOW I'M NOT THE ONLY PERSON HERE WHO GREATLY APPRECIATES HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS. IT HAS BEEN SOBERING TO SAY THE LEAST TO HEAR SOME OF THE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND SEVERAL FROM MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR THESE VICTIMS AND TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY FROM TRAFFICKING. THIS IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY. AS IT STANDS NOW THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT CRIMINALS CAN EASILY AND ANONYMOUSLY PURCHASE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON THE INTERNET USING VARIOUS WEBSITES. THANKS TO BROAD INTERPRETATION OF EXISTING LAW, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 230 IN AMERICA'S COURTS, THESE WEBSITES ARE ESSENTIALLY IMMUNE FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTIONS. THESE WEBSITES MAKE MILLIONS BY ENABLING SEX TRAFFICKING WHILE WE -- WHILE FACING VERY LITTLE RISK OF BEING PUNISHED FOR THESE CRIMES. THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD CHANGE THAT BY AMENDING THIS LAW TO ENSURE THAT WEBSITES THAT UNLAWFULLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE EXPLOITATION OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE NO LONGER IMMUNE TO PUNISHMENT. H.R. 1865 WILL FINALLY HOLD BAD ACTOR WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE UNSPEAKABLE WRONG DOES. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES INCREASED CRIMINAL LIABILITY AND THUS DETERS WEBSITES AND INDIVIDUALS FROM SELLING HUMAN BEINGS ONLINE. WEBSITES WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO TURN A BLIND EYE OR ACTIVELY CONCEAL THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE WITHOUT FACING VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS FOR SOME TIME NOW AND I AM EXCITED TODAY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT HERE TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME. I RESERVE.

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                                  • 02:12:43 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:12:46 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO SPEAK FOR SUCH TIME I MIGHT CONSUME.

                                  • 02:12:55 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:12:57 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR MANAGING THIS LEGISLATION. TO…

                                    LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR MANAGING THIS LEGISLATION. TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER FOR HER LEADERSHIP. AND AS SOMEONE SAID, CONTINUED DETERMINATION. JOINED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, CONGRESSWOMAN BEATTY, AND CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY. WE HAVE ALL WORKED TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING. AND IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS WE HEARD IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THE STORIES OF THE VICTIMS OF RAPE. SO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME. AND IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THROUGHOUT THIS TIME YOU WILL HEAR STORIES OF VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED AND ARE IN NEED OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUST TO RECOUNT MY STATEMENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, YESTERDAY, MONDAY A WEEK AGO, IN HOUSTON, I SAT DOWN WITH VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN TRAFFICKED OR WHO HAD BEEN VICTIMIZED THROUGH ONLINE SEX TRAFFIC TRAFFICKING OR OTHER ASPECTS OF SEX TRAFFICKING. AND IT WAS OVERWHELMING TO HEAR PARENTS SPEAK OF A YOUNG GIRL, HIS DAUGHTER, THAT HAD BEEN MISLED AND DRIVEN AWAY FROM THEIR HOME OR FROM HER AREA AND HAD BEEN TAKEN AND ABUSED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME UNTIL HAD HE TO RESCUE HER HIMSELF. SPENDING $50,000 AND THEN $60,000 TO BE ABLE TO REHABILITATE HERSELF, WHICH IS NOW AN ONGOING PROCESS. HE'S GRATEFUL THAT SHE'S ALIVE. SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017. AN IMPORTANT BILL INTENDED TO ADDRESS THE REPREHENSIBLE CRIME OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING BY PROSECUTING THE VIOLATORS AND PROVIDING RELIEF TO THE VIOLATED. FIRST AND FOREMOST, H.R. 1865 MAKES CLEAR THAT SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT, WHICH WAS ALTERED OR ITS INTERPRETATION WAS EXPANDED IN THE FIRST CIRCUIT COURT RULING OF DOUGH V. BACKSTAGE, THIS BILL MAKES IT CLEAR THAT SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO PROTECT THE FACILITATION OF ONLINE PROSTITUTION OR SEX TRAFFICKING AND CALLS OUT THOSE WEBSITES THAT HAVE ACTED RECKLESSLY IN ALLOWING THE SALE OF VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING ONLINE OR STOOD IDLY BY WHILE YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS, MANY AS YOUNG AS 13, OR EVEN YOUNGER, WERE COERCED, THREATENED, TORTURED, BOUGHT AND SOLD ON THE WHIMS OF THEIR EXPLOITERS. SECONDLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS JUAN DAGSAL WEAPON TO USE AGAINST THE IMMORAL INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORCED ENSLAVEMENT WE KNOW AS SEX TRAFFICKING. H.R. 1865 CREATES THE NEW OFFENSE OF INTENTIONAL PROMOTION OR FACILITATION OF PROSTITUTION WHILE USING OR OPERATING A FACILITY OR MEANS OF INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE. . THIS IS WILL BE PUNISHABLE OF A SENTENCE UPWARDS OF 10 YEARS. WEBSITES HAVE BEEN HIDDEN BEHIND SECTION 230 ALLOWING THEM TO SELL MINORS AND OTHER VULNERABLE AT-RISK MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. CHILDREN, PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS CHILDREN WHO ARE FORCED TO PERFORM UNSPEAKABLE ACTS UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE, GUN VIOLENCE, STARVATION AND PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE. THIS PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT OCCURS IF A DEFENDANT SUCH AS BACKPAGE, PROMOTES OR FACILITATES THE PROSTITUTION OF FIVE OR MORE VICTIMS OR ACTS IN RECKLESS DISREGARD OF THE FACT THAT THE CONDUCT IN QUESTION CONTRIBUTED TO SEX TRAFFICKING AS DEFINED IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL CODE, SECTION 1591, TITLE 18. NOT ONLY DOES H.R. 1865 CREATE MANDATORY RESTITUTION FOR ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKERS AND THEIR ENABLERS, THIS LEGISLATION GOES EVEN FURTHER. VICTIMS HARMED AS A RESULT OF AN AGGREGATED VIOLATION OF THIS NEW DEFENSE WILL HAVE THE -- NEW OFFENSE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEEK CIVIL DAMAGES WHILE JUDGES WILL BE REQUIRED TO IMPOSE RESTITUTION UPON DEFENDANTS CONVICTED OF EITHER THE GENERAL OR AGGRAVATED VIOLATION. WE APPRECIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT, U.S. ATTORNEYS. YET, WE KNOW STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND PROSECUTORS ARE VITAL IN THE FIGHT AS WELL, AND THEY'VE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO ACT AND TO FIGHT MORE EFFECTIVELY. THERE ARE STATE TASK FORCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING TO PROTECT YOUNG GIRLS AND BOYS. AND H.R. 1865 ALLOWS STATE LEGISLATORS TO ENACT LAWS PROHIBITING THE CONDUCT THAT REFLECTS THE OFFENSE CREATED IN THIS BILL. SOON WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THE WALTERS AMENDMENT WHICH IS OFFERED BECAUSE OF THE VICTIMS' GROUPS THAT WANTS A STRONGER RESPONSE TO HELPING VICTIMS. WE THANK THEM FOR THAT. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT, WHICH I WILL OFFER, LEADS TO -- TO BE ABLE TO HELP UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LEVEL OF RECOVERY IS AND THE MANDATORY RESTITUTION. IT WILL TELL THE STORY. IT WILL PROVIDE THE STUDY TO FIND OUT HOW THIS LEGISLATION IS POSITIVELY IMPACTING, WHO IS RECEIVING THE DOLLARS, ARE THEY RECEIVING THE DOLLARS. TODAY, THIS COUNT HAS SWELLED TO $99 BILLION A YEAR WITH A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF THAT MONEY BEING GENERATED THROUGH ONLINE ADVERTISING, SOLICITATION. THAT'S THE ACCOUNT OF DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING USED THROUGH SEX TRAFFICKING. MY AMENDMENT WILL DETERMINE AND HELP TO BRING INFORMATION TO US AS TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, AND I THINK IT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT. LET ME CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT A LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERALS INDICATED CERTAIN FEDERAL COURTS HAVE BROADLY INTERPRETED THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT WHICH LEFT VICTIMS, STATES, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND PROSECUTORS WHO REGULARLY CONFRONT THE CRUEL REALITIES OF SEX TRAFFICKING FEELING POWERLESS AGAINST ONLINE AD SERVICES AND WEBSITES THAT FACILITATE OR ALLOW SEX TRAFFICKING. MY HEART GOES OUT, AND I'M GRATEFUL WE HAVE MOVED, AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD WITH MORE LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT INCLUDE MY SECOND AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING TO FILE CIVIL ACTIONS IN STATE COURTS. WITH THAT, LET ME EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO TELL THEIR STORIES. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:20:00 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:20:04 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE.

                                  • 02:20:08 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                  • 02:20:11 PM

                                    MR. POE

                                    I THANK THE CHAIR AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR THE TIME AND…

                                    I THANK THE CHAIR AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR THE TIME AND THE WORK ON THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MRS. WAGNER FROM MISSOURI FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL, ALONG WITH THE HELP OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE. YOU NOTICE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERYBODY THAT'S IN LINE, MOSTLY WHO'S TO SPEAK, ARE WOMEN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE WOMEN IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE STOP THIS SCOURGE OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DIFFERENT GROUPS -- VICTIMS' GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE CONTINUED TO GIVE US INPUT ON WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THOSE LAWS BETTER. I CALL THOSE GROUPS THE VICTIMS' POSSE BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE ALL THE TIME, ROUNDING US UP, TELLING US WHAT IS NECESSARY AND TO MAKE LIVES BETTER FOR VICTIMS. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO MOST, ALEXIA WAS A WELL-ADJUSTED 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL, TEENAGER. BUT LIKE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE SHE STRUGGLED WITH INSECURITY AND LONELINESS. WHEN A HANDSOME AND SYMPATHETIC MAN REACHED OUT TO HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN IN BY HIS KIND AND COMFORTING WORDS. MANY DON'T KNOW THE EVILS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARE ALL AROUND US. TRAFFICKERS LURK ON THE PHONES, ON COMPUTERS AND ON THE INTERNET. CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR VULNERABLE VICTIMS TO LURE INTO THEIR TRAPS. AFTER MONTHS OF MANIPULATION, ALEXIS AGREED TO MEET HER NEW FRIEND ONLINE, AND SOON AS SHE GOT INTO HIS CAR SHE REALIZED THAT THIS PERSON WAS A DIFFERENT PERSON THAN SHE BELIEVED HIM TO BE. HE CHAINED HER AND FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX FOR MONEY AND HE COMMITTED THIS EVIL NUMEROUS TIMES. TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OUR WORLD IN COUNTLESS POSITIVE WAYS, BUT IT'S ALSO GIVEN HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKERS A DIRECT AVENUE TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR LIVES. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST WORK HARDER TO CAPTURE THESE CRIMINALS AND SHUT DOWN THEIR ONLINE SCHEMES. ONLY THEN WE CAN PROTECT OTHERS FROM ALEXIS' FATE. THIS IS OUR JOB, THIS IS OUR DUTY. WE MUST STOP THE TRAFFICKING NETWORK, NOT IN OUR TOWN, NOT IN OUR CITY AND NOT IN OUR STATE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:22:29 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE LADY FROM ALABAMA.

                                  • 02:22:31 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    RESERVE.

                                  • 02:22:32 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE LADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:22:36 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                                    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

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                                  • 02:22:43 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                  • 02:22:46 PM

                                    MR. COSTA

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CO-CHAIR OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN TED POE, I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR FOR VICTIMS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM THESE CRIMES. A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET, WE ALL BELIEVE, IS ESSENTIAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ENTERPRISE IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND AMERICA LEADS THE WAY. THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY AGE HAS RESHAPED OUR LIVES, ALLOWED FOR GREATER ACCESS TO LEARNING, GREATER ABILITY TO SHAPE OUR FUTURES AS AMERICANS AND WITH ECONOMIC BENEFITS WE COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED 15 YEARS AGO. SADLY, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO LOOK AT THESE FREEDOMS AND THE OPENNESS OF THE INTERNET AND SEE WAYS TO EXPLOIT, ABUSE AND PREY ON INNOCENT CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS IN THE NAME OF PROFIT. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS AND IT'S A CRIME. I'M SPEAKING OF THE SCOURGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING WHICH HAS IMPACTED THE LIVES OF TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT I REPRESENT AND THROUGHOUT AMERICA. TODAY HERE IN CONGRESS, WE LOOK SQUARELY AT TRAFFICKERS, PIMPS AND VICTIMIZERS AND SAY WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB IN PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS. AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION, OUR LAWS WILL NO LONGER BE MANIPULATED AND USED AS A COVER FOR THEIR ABUSE. NO LONGER WILL THESE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND THE SHIELD THAT THE INTERNET PROVIDES YOU WHEN KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTING TO THIS HORRIBLE CRIME. THE FRESNO BEE, THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER IN THE VALLEY, RECENTLY RAN A SIX-WEEK LONG SERIES OF TRAFFICKING IN THE VALLEY. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THE FRESNO BEE ARTICLE IN THE RECORD.

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                                  • 02:24:36 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THEIR ABUSERS.

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                                    MR. COSTA

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    MR. COSTA

                                    I ASK FOR 10EKDS.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    I WILL BE HAPPY TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                    MR. COSTA

                                    THANK YOU. AS I SAID, IT'S TIME TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES, AND THIS…

                                    THANK YOU. AS I SAID, IT'S TIME TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES, AND THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION DOES THAT. IT PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN, PROVIDING THEM THE ABILITY TO CONFRONT THEIR ABUSERS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY PROMOTE AND ADVERTISE THESE CRIMES. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN, I THANK THE BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:25:43 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY FRIEND…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER. AND LET ME JUST SAY, THANK YOU TO HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ON THIS EFFORT, AND SO SIX MINUTES I YIELD TO

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                                  • 02:26:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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                                    MRS. WAGNER

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY,…

                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY, FOR HER FEARLESS LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT ON THIS ISSUE. TODAY WE BRING, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, OR FOSTA, TO THE FLOOR, FINALLY. I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MY DEAR FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY, CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY FOR THEIR TIRELESS SUPPORT ON THIS EFFORT. THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT SEX TRAFFICKING IS A CRIME AS OLD AS THE NATION ITSELF. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, CONGRESS HAS ROUTINELY TAKEN BIPARTISAN ACTION TO FIGHT IT. YET, SEX TRAFFICKING SEEMS TO CONTINUE UNABATED. THIS IS LARGELY BECAUSE THE METHODS OF RECRUITMENT AND SALE OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS HAVE EVOLVED WITH TECHNOLOGY AND U.S. LAWS HAVE REMAINED STAGNANT. BUT TODAY WHEN THE HOUSE VOTES ON FOSTA, WE WILL BE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE -- BUSINESSES THAT SELL HUMAN BEINGS ONLINE CAN NO LONGER DO SO WITH IMPUNITY. SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT EXPLICITLY ALLOWS ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWS, BUT COURTS HAVE MISTAKENLY FOUND IT DOES NOT HAVE ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF STATE CRIMINAL LAW. LAST SUMMER, 50 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL CALLED ON CONGRESS TO UNTIE THEIR HANDS AND TO ALLOW THEM TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE WEBSITES THAT SELL OUR CHILDREN AND THE VICTIMS. EMPOWERING OUR STATES AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS IS THE BEST INTEREST -- IS OF BEST INTEREST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FEDERAL PROSECUTION IS DISCRETIONARY AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF CRIMES ARE AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. MOST WEBSITES ENGAGING IN THE ONLINE SEX TRADE ARE FIRST IDENTIFIED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND SHOULD BE QUICKLY ADDRESSED BEFORE THEY EVER REACH THE SIDE OF BACKPAGE.COM. THERE IS NO REALLY CRIMINAL DETERRENT AGAINST BUSINESSES LOOKING TO ENTER THE SEX TRADE. TODAY, WE WILL CHANGE THAT. FOSTA WILL ALLOW PROSECUTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES WITHOUT FEAR OF SECTION 230 PREEMPTION. FOSTA WILL PRODUCE MORE PROSECUTIONS OF BAD ACTOR WEBSITES, MORE CONVICTIONS AND PUT MORE PREDATORS BEHIND BARS. IT WILL PROVIDE A MEANINGFUL CRIMINAL DETERRENT SO THAT FEWER BUSINESSES WILL EVER ENTER THE SEX TRADE AND FEWER VICTIMS WILL EVER BE SOLD AND RAPED. CLARIFICATION OF SECTION 230 IS DESPERATELY NEEDED. IN AUGUST, 2017, THE SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT DISMISSED CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST BACKPAGE BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY SAYING IF CONGRESS SEES FIT TO AMEND THE IMMUNITY LAW, SECTION 230 EVEN APPLIES TO THOSE ALLEGED TO SUPPORT THE EXPLOITATION OF OTHERS BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SEES FIT TO AMEND THE IMMUNITY LAW TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE WEBSITES THAT SUPPORT EXPLOITATION. FOSTA ALSO CREATES A NEW CRIME TARGETING WEBSITES THAT ARE INTENTIONALLY PROMOTING PROSTITUTION AND IT ENCOURAGES STATES TO USE OR ADOPT SIMILAR LAWS. UNFORTUNATELY, SEX TRAFFICKING ADS ARE WRITTEN TO EVADE LAW ENFORCEMENT. LOOKING AT THESE ADS, YOU USUALLY CAN'T TELL THAT FORCE, FRAUD, COERCION WERE USED AGAINST THE VICTIM OR THAT THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE AD IS A MINOR. BECAUSE INDICATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING ARE TYPICALLY HIDDEN, IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR PROSECUTORS TO DEMONSTRATE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE WEBSITE OPERATORS KNEW THAT THE ADS INVOLVED SEX TRAFFICKING. THIS IS WHY PROSECUTORS TELL ME THAT THEY WOULD OFTENTIMES PREFER TO USE PROSTITUTION LAWS INSTEAD OF SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS WHEN CHARGING THESE WEBSITES. SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS ARE WRITTEN TO TARGET PIMPS, JOHNS, AND BUSINESSES, BUT ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST TOOL AGAINST THE ONLINE SEX TRADE. FOSTA GIVES PROSECUTORS THE FREEDOM TO USE BOTH, BOTH STATE SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS AND THE STATE PROSTITUTION LAWS, AND LETS PROSECUTORS DECIDE HOW BEST TO DO THEIR JOBS. IMPORTANTLY, PROSECUTORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEEK A HIGHER PENALTY FOR WEBSITES THAT PROMOTE PROSTITUTION AND RECKLESSLY CONTRIBUTE TO SEX TRAFFICKING. ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING IS FLOURISHING IN AMERICA BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WEBSITES THAT PROFIT FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. FOSTA, COMBINED WITH THE SESTA WALTERS AMENDMENT THAT ADDS BACK IN VICTIMS' CENTERED PROVISION FROM MY ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, WILL FINALLY CREATE THESE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES. TODAY WE ARE VOTING TO KEEP OUR COMMITMENT TO TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS, BOTH BY EMPOWERING THEM TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE WEBSITES THAT SOLD THEM AND BY ARMING PROSECUTORS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY ARE NEVER SOLD ONLINE IN THE FIRST PLACE. . I TRUST MY I TRUST MY DELETION MR. JOIN ME IN THIS. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    I RESERVE.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT IS MY CLESH SURE TO YIELD TO THE DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

                                    IT IS MY CLESH SURE TO YIELD TO THE DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THE LEAD DEMOCRAT, FOR THREE MINUTES. AND THANK HER. FOR HER PERSEVERANCE AND DETERMINATION.

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                                  • 02:32:10 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    MRS. BEATTY

                                    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE NOT ONLY FOR…

                                    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE NOT ONLY FOR YIELDING ME TIME BUT FOR ALL OF HER SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING. TODAY IS A PROUD DAY FOR ME, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR TO URGE THE SUPPORT AND PASSAGE TO ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, KNOWN AS FOSTA. AS WELL AS MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR TO URGE THE SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT. HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING IS HAPPENING IN ALL AREAS. BIG CITIES, LITTLE CITIES, RURAL, SUBURBAN AREAS. DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS. REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS. DISTRICTS. REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS. IT HAPPENS IN EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN AMERICA. REGARDLESS WHETHER THAT DISTRICT IS RED OR BLUE. TRAFFICKING, MR. SPEAKER, IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE AND THAT REQUIRES BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. IF CONGRESSMAN POE WAS STILL HERE, I WOULD STILL ADD, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. AND THAT I AM SO HONORED TO BE JOINED TODAY WITH SO MANY COLLEAGUES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN ROBY FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN MANAGING THE TIME. AND WHAT AN HONOR IT IS FOR ME TO JOIN THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSWOMAN ANN WAGNER. NOT ONLY THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, BUT A FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE, SOMEONE WHO IS MY CLASSMATE AND EARLY ON SHE STARTED TALKING ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND WE SHARED OUR MUTUAL INTERESTS. WE HAVE BEEN, SO TO SAY, JOINED AT THE IT HIP EVER SINCE. AND I COULD NOT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR ALL OF HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IT TELLS YOU THAT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER. CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER HAS DONE THAT WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND MORE. SO I AM VERY HONORED TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT. YOU HAVE HEARD WHAT FIGHTING ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT WILL DO. SO I WON'T GO IN GREAT DETAIL WITH THAT AGAIN. BUT I WILL TELL YOU IT WILL ADDRESS A CRITICAL PROBLEM. OUR LAWS HAVE NOT KEPT PACE WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN USED TO EXPLOIT THE INNOCENT. THE INTERNET HAS CHANGED HOW HUMANS ARE TRAFFICKED. IT IS TAKING SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE DONE IN THE STREETS AND MADE IT EASIER AND MORE ANONYMOUS. TRAFFICKING ONLINE IS A WELL DOCUMENTED PROBLEM. YET WE HAVE SEEN A FEW WEBSITES TURN A BLIND EYE, EVEN AS THEY PROFIT ON THE BUYING AND SELLING OF CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND MEN. FOSTA WILL HELP SOLVE THIS IN MANY WAYS AS YOU HAVE HEARD. ON THIS LAST POINT, I'D LIKE TO SAY, FOSTA IS TARGETED IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT ONLY AFFECT WEBSITES ENGAGED IN ONLINE TRAFFICKING TRADE, IT WILL RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT SOME OF THE TECH COMMUNITIES INITIALLY RAISED. BUT I THINK THAT THE PROCESS THAT FOSTA HAS GONE THROUGH IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND NOW WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE USED TO --

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                                  • 02:35:25 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                    MRS. BEATTY

                                    IT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE RUSE USED TO RESULT IN A…

                                    IT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE RUSE USED TO RESULT IN A BETTER PRODUCT. THE BILL NOW HAS THE SUPPORT NOT ONLY OF THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ADVOCATES, BUT IT ALSO HAS LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND MANY OF THE INTERNET AND TECH COMPANIES. SO AGAIN I THANK THE HARD WORK OF CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER AND I WANT TO SAY WE WON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING OVERNIGHT, BUT IF WE GET THIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW, WE WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR TRAFFICKERS TO EXPLOIT THE INNOCENT AND KEEP COUNTLESS CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND MEN OUT OF THE CYCLE OF ABUSE. THANK YOU, AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:36:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                  • 02:36:20 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. SMITH

                                    THE INTERNET WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A ZONE OF IMPUNITY FOR TRAFFICKERS AND…

                                    THE INTERNET WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A ZONE OF IMPUNITY FOR TRAFFICKERS AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES. THEY TURNED A BLIND EYE TO OR ACTIVELY FACILITATE THE PROFIT FROM THE SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN. YET WE'RE SEEING THE INTERNET USED AS A VIRTUAL SLAVE MARKET. TODAY, BECAUSE OF ANN WAGNER'S TENACITY, HER COURAGE, HER LEGISLATIVE SKILL AND COMPASSION, AND BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT AGAIN COMES TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE IN LAW, WE BEGIN TAKING BACK THE INTERNET FROM TRAFFICKERS BY PASSING H.R. 1865. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO ALLOW THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT TO IT SUE, EMPOWERS WOMEN, ESPECIALLY WOMEN, TO IT TAKE THEIR CASES TO COURT, AND TO GET REMEDIES THERE AS WELL. TODAY WE SAY NO TO THE STATUS QUO THAT ALLOWS OUR CHILDREN TO BE BOUGHT, ABUSED, AND SOLD AGAIN WITH IMPUNITY ONLINE. TODAY WE SAY NO TO COURTS SLAMMING THE DOOR ON WE SAY NO TO THE STATUS QUO THAT ALLOWS OUR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS WHO WANT TO SUE WEBSITE OWNERS COMPLICIT IN SEXUAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY. MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, THEIR STATISTICS SHOW THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM IS THE SUBJECT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE CHILD TRAFFICKING TIPS THAT ARE RECEIVED IN THE UNITED STATES. DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY SUBPOENA THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM ORIGINALLY REFUSED TO SHARE, I SEE MRS. MALONEY WILL SPEAK IN A MOMENT, SHE AND I WORKED VERY HARD ON CHILD TRAFFICKING TIPS THAT THAT AS WELL, CONGRESS HAS FOUND THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM WAS REMOVING TELLTALE WORDS AND SIGNS OF LIKELY HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM ADVERTISEMENTS ON ITS WEBSITE, BUT STILL POSTING THE ADVERTISEMENT AND MAKING MONEY. THEY MADE IT HARDER TO DETECT. THEY ACTIVELY PREVENTED U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM DETECTING CHILDREN BEING TRAFFICKED. BACKPAGE WASN'T PRTED -- PROSECUTED. JUDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WOULDN'T ALLOW CIVIL SUITS BY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS WHO WERE SOLD THROUGH BACKPAGE.COM AS POINTED OUT BY ANN WAGNER. ALL BECAUSE OF A LAW WRITTEN BEFORE THE INTERNET OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING WAS REALLY UNDERSTOOD. SEX 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT. TODAY, CONGRESS WILL CHANGE THAT LAW. GOD WILLING IT PASSES IN THE SENATE AND WILL BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. TODAY WE CAN PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND FREE SPEECH, TOO. H.R. 1865 AS AMENDED WILL ALLOW STATE PROSECUTORS TO PROSECUTE AND IT EMPOWERS TRAFFICKED WOMEN VICTIMS TO SUE THE MIDDLE MAN WHO FACILITATED AND PROFITED FROM THEIR SLAVERY. THE STATUS QUO OF RAMPANT ONLINE CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IS MORE THAN UNACCEPTABLE, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ABHORRENT TO ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS BILL. AGAIN I THANK ANN WAGNER FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:39:31 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 02:39:34 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT GIVES ME PLEASURE AGAIN TO YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY OF…

                                    IT GIVES ME PLEASURE AGAIN TO YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY OF NEW YORK, WHO JOINED WITH REPRESENTATIVE JOYCE BEATTY OF OHIO AND THE LEAD SPONSOR, CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER, TO BE STRONG SUPPORTERS OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO HER TWO MINUTES. SHE'S AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL.

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                                  • 02:39:58 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    MRS. MALONEY

                                    CONGRESSWOMAN LEE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON…

                                    CONGRESSWOMAN LEE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHER AREAS. I RISE IN STRONG, STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865. IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE LEGISLATION. IT IS IMPORTANT AND IT WILL SAVE LIVES. IT IS AN HISTORIC LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR HER SELFLESS, DEDICATED, EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND-N BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND MY COLLEAGUES, JOYCE BEATTY AND SHEILA JACKSON LEE, AND CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS AND EVERYONE AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I HOPE WE SHOULD ALL PASS IT. IT'S IMPORTANT. THIS BILL CLARIFIES THAT INTERNET COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY ADVERTISE THE SALE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, MANY OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN AND MINORS, ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT SECTION 230. WHEN CONGRESS ENACTED IT 22 YEARS AGO, IT NEVER, NEVER INTEND ITED TO MAKE THE INTERNET INTO A RED LIGHT ZONE AND A PROTECTED AREA TO SHIELD SEX TRAFFICS -- TRAFFICKERS AND CORPORATIONS FROM SELLING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM ARE STOLEN, DOPED, FORCED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AND THEN PROTECT THEM FROM THE APPEALS OF THEIR PARENTS FOR SOME TYPE OF JUSTIFICATION, SOME TYPE OF RECOGNITION OF THE HARM THAT THEY HAVE CAUSED. THIS BILL, LIKE EVERY OTHER SEX TRAFFICKING BILL, HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. IT IS LANDMARK. IT'S IMPORTANT. AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT THIS MODERN DAY FORM OF SLAVERY WHEREVER IT EXISTS, AND THIS CRIME HAS ABSOLUTELY EXPLODED ONLINE BECAUSE IT IS SO PROFITABLE. YOU CAN SELL A GUN ONCE. YOU CAN SELL ILLEGAL DOPE ONCE. BUT THEY SELL THE HUMAN BODY OVER AND OVER.

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                                  • 02:42:18 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                                  • 02:42:27 PM

                                    MRS. MALONEY

                                    THANK YOU. I'M JUST WARMING UP. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MUST TELL…

                                    THANK YOU. I'M JUST WARMING UP. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MUST TELL YOU WE HAVE A CHOICE. THIS HAS GONE TO THE MINUTE.

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                                  • 02:42:32 PM

                                    MRS. MALONEY

                                    THANK COURTS. AND THE COURTS HAVE SAID, CONGRESS MUST DECIDE WHETHER…

                                    THANK COURTS. AND THE COURTS HAVE SAID, CONGRESS MUST DECIDE WHETHER CONGRESS WANTS TO SHIELD CORPORATIONS, PROFIT MAKERS, EXPLOITERS. I WOULD SAY MURDERERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN ONLINE SELLING THEM FOR SEX TRAFFICKING. SO IF YOU VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, YOU ARE SHIELDING THEM. IF YOU VOTE FOR IT, YOU ARE PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. THIS BILL REMOVES OBSTACLES FOR ATTORNEY GENERALS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO ENACT STATE ANTI-TRAFFICKING LAWS. THAT'S WHY 50 A.G.'S HAVE SUPPORTED IT. VICTIMS AND FAMILIES WILL BE GIVEN A PATHWAY TO JUSTICE THROUGH PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED TOO LONG. OVER 50 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF IT. SOME CORPORATIONS LIKE FACEBOOK HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. I ASK PERMISSION TO PLACE THEIR STATEMENTS INTO THE RECORD.

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                                  • 02:43:32 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                    MRS. MALONEY

                                    I MUST TELL YOU, TODAY, 22 YEARS AFTER CONGRESS PASSED THE C.D.A., WE HAVE…

                                    I MUST TELL YOU, TODAY, 22 YEARS AFTER CONGRESS PASSED THE C.D.A., WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY --

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                                  • 02:43:42 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ADDITIONAL --

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                                    MRS. MALONEY

                                    IT WAS NEVER TO PROTECT TRAFFICKERS AND COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY SELL AND…

                                    IT WAS NEVER TO PROTECT TRAFFICKERS AND COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY SELL AND ENABLE THEM TO CONTINUE THIS INCREDIBLE, HORRIBLE, LIFE TAKING CRIME OF PROMOTING SEX TRAFFICKING AND SELLING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. I URGE A STRONG NO VOTE. LET'S MAKE IT UNANIMOUS. LET'S SHOW THE WORLD, THE COURTS, THE FAMILIES, THE VICTIMS WHERE WE STAND. I BELIEVE MY TIME IS UP.

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                                  • 02:44:15 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

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                                  • 02:44:18 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR FORLESS…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR FORLESS -- FEARLESS LEADER, OUR CHAIRMAN OF OUR CONFERENCE, KATHY MADAM SPEAKER -- KATHY MADAM SPEAKER -- KATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS.

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                                    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                                    I THANK THE YEAL FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ALLOW…

                                    I THANK THE YEAL FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ALLOW STATEMENTS AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT THE ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 201. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EPIDEMICS WE FACE TODAY. IT OFTEN VICTIMS TO FIGHT THE ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF TAKES PLACE IN OUR OWN BACK YARDS. IN MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, TARGETS ARE CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. FORTUNATELY THERE'S SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THOSE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON WHO HAVE STEPPED UP, THE COALITION TO ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WORKING TO STOP THESE HORRIFIC AND HEARTBREAKING CRIMES. . THIS BILL WILL HELP ONLINE HUMAN WEBSITES LIKE BACKPAGE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT BY MY FRIEND, ANY ANY WALTERS OF -- MIMI WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA. BY STRENGTHENING SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT, WE CAN RESTORE VICTIMS' ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND HOLD ACCOUNTABLE TECH COMPANIES AND ONLINE WEBSITES WHO MAKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING EASIER AND KNOWINGLY TURN A BLIND EYE. WE KNOW THESE WEBSITES HAVE THE ABILITY TO CENSOR CONTENT, AND WE SEE IT IN THE POLITICAL WORLD EVERY DAY. SO WHY CAN'T THEY WORK HARDER TO CENSOR AND REMOVE POSTS RELATED TO SEX TRAFFICKING AND ENSLAVEMENT OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS? THIS ISN'T HARD. IT IS COMMON SENSE TO HOLD WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED ON THEIR SITES. WE ALL MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PUT AN END TO HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING WHICH IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:46:30 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLELADY RESERVE?

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    RESERVE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN WHO IS THE RANKING…

                                    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND KNOWS ABOUT THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN BEINGS. I YIELD TO HER THREE MINUTES.

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                                  • 02:46:53 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    MS. LOFGREN

                                    SECTION 230 HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE LAW. IT'S ALLOWED THE…

                                    SECTION 230 HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE LAW. IT'S ALLOWED THE INTERNET TO FLOURISH. WE SUPPORT THAT. BUT WE NEVER INTENDED SECTION 230 TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS, WHO ARE ABUSING CHILDREN, WHO ARE PROSTITUTING CHILDREN, REALLY MODERN SLAVERY. IT'S AN OUTRAGE. I THINK WHEN WE SAW THE COURT CASES ABOUT BACKPAGE WHERE THEY BASICALLY USED THE C.D.A. AS A SHIELD FOR ACTION THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL, IN MY JUDGMENT. THOSE GUYS BELONG IN PRISON AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE BILL DRAFTED BY REPRESENTATIVE WAGNER GOES A LONG WAY. ACTUALLY, IT FIXES THIS PROBLEM. WE JUST GOT A LETTER FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I JUST RECEIVED IT. THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY. EVERY DAY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN AMERICA APPEAR IN ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS THAT ARE USED TO SELL THEM FOR SEX. THE DEPARTMENT WORKS DILIGENTLY TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES. IT FACES SERIOUS CHALLENGES. IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE HIGH EVIDENTIARY STANDARD NEEDED IS A PROBLEM, BUT IT ALSO SAYS THAT THIS BILL, AS DRAFTED AND REPORTED FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ADDRESSES THE ISSUES THAT ARE PREVENTING PROSECUTION AND THAT WOULD TAKE MEANINGFUL STEPS TO END THE INDUSTRY OF ADVERTISING TRAFFICKING VICTIMS THROUGH COMMERCIAL SEX. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANKS TO THE AUTHORS OF THE BILL AS WELL AS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON WHICH I SERVE. WE WORKED TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. WE HAD HEARINGS SO THAT WE COULD HAVE THIS BILL THAT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS WILL ALLOW THEM TO SUCCESSFULLY GO AFTER THESE GUYS THAT ARE TRAFFICKING THESE CHILDREN AND OTHER VICTIMS. A WORD OF CAUTION, HOWEVER -- AND I'LL TALK ABOUT THIS LATER WHEN THE AMENDMENT COMES UP -- ON THE WALTERS AMENDMENT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IN THIS LETTER THAT THEY BELIEVE ANY REVISION TO DEFINE PARTICIPATION IS UNNECESSARY AND IN FACT THAT THE NEW LANGUAGE WOULD IMPACT PROSECUTIONS BY EFFECTIVELY CREATING ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS. IN FACT, THEY SAY THE AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO PROSECUTE. SO THERE'S A THING WE GET TOLD IN LAW SCHOOL THAT BAD CASES MAKE BAD LAW. ONE OF THE WAYS TO AVOID THAT IS TO HAVE THE COMMITTEE PROCESS WORK THROUGH IT. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN IN THE CASE OF THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED LATER. SO BASED ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S ADMONITION, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR CELEBRATION OF THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I AM MINDFUL OF THE WARNING THAT THE AMENDMENT COULD UNDO ALL OF THE GOOD WORK WE'VE DONE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:50:13 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    I NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR.…

                                    I NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. GOODLATTE, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO…

                                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017, AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. THIS LEGISLATION WILL FINALLY MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN COMBATING ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. FOR TOO LONG BAD ACTOR WEBSITES HAVE OPERATED WITH IMPUNITY IN SELLING YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS FORCED INTO THE COMMERCIAL SALE OF SEX. THEY HAVE BEYOND ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT PROFITED OFF THE MISERY OF OTHERS. THEY HAVE CONVINCED COURTS TO MISAPPLY THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT, A FEDERAL LAW THAT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE WEBSITES TO POLICE CONTENT AND RID PLATFORMS OF ILLEGAL CONTENT. THEY HAVE MISUSED THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT AS A SHIELD TO AVOID CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN STATE COURTS. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF LOCAL WEBSITES THAT ARE DELIBERATELY SELLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR SEX, WE MUST NOW TAKE STEPS TO ALLOW FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO HOLD THESE WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE AND DISMANTLE THESE ILLICIT, HEINOUS ONLINE MARKETS. H.R. 1865 WILL ENSURE VIGOROUS CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT AGAINST BAD ACTOR WEBSITES BY CREATING A NEW FEDERAL LAW TO PROSECUTE THESE SITES AND EXPLICITLY PERMITTING STATES THE ABILITY TO ENFORCE COMPARABLE LAWS. WHILE THE FEDERAL CODE DOES NOT CRIMINALIZE THE KNOWING ADVERTISEMENT OF SEX TRAFFICKING, THIS STATUTE IS, UNFORTUNATELY, OF LIMITED UTILITY. NEARLY ALL WEBSITES RESPONSIBLE FOR RAMPANT SEX TRAFFICKING, ADVERTISEMENTS, HOST ADS IF EVER STATE THAT THE VICTIM BEING SOLD IS UNDERAGE OR SUBJECT TO FORCED, FRAUD, OR COERCION. THEREFORE, THIS BILL TAKES MEASURES TO TARGET WEBSITES THAT ARE DELIBERATELY PROMOTING AND FACILITATING PROSTITUTION. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 1865 PROVIDES FOR AN AGGRAVATED VIOLATION THAT APPLIES TO WEBSITES THAT PROMOTE PROSTITUTION IN RECKLESS DISREGARD OF THE FACT THAT SEX TRAFFICKING IS OCCURRING ON THEIR PLATFORM. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, MR. CHAIRMAN, AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED TO THIS LEGISLATION. THOUGH I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO THIS ISSUE AND FULLY APPRECIATE THE SUFFERING OF VICTIMS, I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT WHICH STATES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CONDUCT ALLEGED OCCURRED OR IS ALLEGED TO HAVE OCCURRED BEFORE, ON, OR AFTER SUCH DATE OF ENACTMENT. HAD REGULAR ORDER BEEN FOLLOWED, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE FIXED THIS ISSUE, WHICH I BELIEVE COULD SUBJECT THIS LEGISLATION TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE UNDER THE EX POST FACTO CLAUSE, A CONCERN SHARED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I HOPE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE BILL, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HIGHLIGHTING THESE CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS.

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                                  • 02:53:29 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THAT REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                    NEVERTHELESS, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL SINCE ITS STRONG…

                                    NEVERTHELESS, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL SINCE ITS STRONG REFORMS WILL ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE THE LAWS AGAINST SOME OF THE WORST CRIMINALS IN SOCIETY TODAY. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT TO EFFECTIVELY DISMANTLE THIS LUCRATIVE, EXPANSIVE, IMMORAL, REPREHENSIBLE MARKET. OUR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE WOMEN ARE NOT COMMODITIES TO BE SOLD. THIS LEGISLATION EMPHATICALLY AFFIRMS THAT FACT. IT WILL TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, AND HER DEDICATED STAFF FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THEIR CONTINUED DEDICATION TO COMBATING SEX TRAFFICKING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:54:18 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                  • 02:54:24 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    I'M CONTINUING TO RESERVE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 02:54:34 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR.…

                                    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD.

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                                  • 02:54:41 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. CRWFORD

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR RECOGNIZING ME TODAY.…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR RECOGNIZING ME TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IS ONE OF SEVERAL WE PASSED IN THE HOUSE TODAY THAT AIMS TO COMBAT THE HORRIFIC AND DISGUSTING ACT OF SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS IN OUR BORDERS. TODAY I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF -- TWO STORIES, ACTLY, OF ASHLEY AND ALYSSA, BOTH FROM MY DISTRICT, THE FIRST DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, WHO WERE TAKEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING TRAFFICKED BUT THANKFULLY WERERESS COMPUDE BEFORE BEING LOST IN -- WERE RESCUED BEFORE BEING LOST IN THIS TRADE. THESE WOMEN WERE SOUGHT ONLINE. THEIR STORIES SADLY MIRROR ONE ANOTHER AND THOUSANDS OF COUNTLESS MINORS ACROSS AMERICA. BOTH RECORDED ONLINE BY OLDER MEN AND THOUGHT WERE ENGAGING IN HARMLESS FRIENDSHIPS. THEY TOOK ASHLEY AND ARIESA TO WASHINGTON STATE AND NEBRASKA, RESPECTFULLY, FOR THEIR HORRIFIC PURPOSES. IT'S BELIEVE FOR ONE OF HER VICTIMS HER EVENTUAL DESTINATION WOULD BE TO THE SUPER BOWL IN MINNEAPOLIS WHICH DRAWS INCREASED IN TRAFFICKING. IN THE OTHER CASE, THE VICTIM WAS ONE OF OVER 8,000 MINORS SOUGHT ONLINE BY HER PREDATOR. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE GIRLS ARE NOT UNLIKE OUR OWN CHILDREN. THEY ARE KIDS WE SEE IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR CHURCHES, NEIGHBORHOODS. WE MUST TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS LIKE H.R. 1865 TO PROTECT AMERICA'S CHILDREN FROM THESE REPRUGNANT INDIVIDUALS. THIS WILL NOT BE THE END ALL FOR STAMPING OUT THIS SEGMENT OF SOCIETY. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THIS DESPICABLE ACT FOR WHAT IT IS BY -- I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE ONGOING PRACTICE OF SEX TRAFFICKING. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:56:25 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                  • 02:56:30 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    WE DO NOT. WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    IS THE GENTLELADY READY TO CLOSE?

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                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    YES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CONSUME SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND --

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    AND CLOSE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. AS INDICATED, I HAD…

                                    AND CLOSE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. AS INDICATED, I HAD OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING TO FILE CIVIL ACTION IN STATE COURTS UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THE UNDERLYING BILL FOR FEDERAL, CIVIL ACTIONS. I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT WE HAVE LAID A STUPENDOUS FOUNDATION FOR INNOCENT VICTIMS AND THAT WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR THIS LEGISLATION. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER AND HER CO-SPONSORS AND AS WELL CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN BEATTY AND THE WORK WE'VE DONE IN JUDICIARY THROUGH A PERIOD OF COMING TOGETHER, I BELIEVE, IS EXTREMELY CONSTRUCTIVE. IT IS SO CONSTRUCTIVE THAT WE HAVE ANY NUMBER OF SUPPORT LETTERS, A STATEMENT BY JOHN F. CLARK, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE THAT INTO THE RECORD.

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                                  • 02:58:02 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    A LETTER FROM ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, UNANIMOUS CONSENT, PLACE IT INTO THE…

                                    A LETTER FROM ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, UNANIMOUS CONSENT, PLACE IT INTO THE RECORD.

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                                  • 02:58:11 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    NATIONAL ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION WITH MANY, MANY SIGNATURES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    THANK YOU. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEFORE THIS LEGISLATION AND SIMPLY J.S., WHO…

                                    THANK YOU. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEFORE THIS LEGISLATION AND SIMPLY J.S., WHO IS DOCUMENTED IN THE FILM "JANE DOE," WILL TELL YOU -- A BRIGHT YOUNG LADY, 15 YEARS OLD, RAN ON THE TRACK TEAM HERE IN THIS AREA AND FOR HER OWN ENTHUSIASM WENT TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. WHEN SHE WENT TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF A KIND SOUL HAD FOUND HER, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. WITHIN 15 DAYS SHE MET A MAN TWICE HER AGE WHO SEDUCED HER WITH GIFTS AND CONVINCED HER TO STAY WITH HIM. ONCE SHE TRUSTED THE 32-YEAR-OLD HE QUICKLY TURNED ON HER AND RAPED HER AND HE WOULD POST EXPLICIT PICTURES OF HER IN AN AD ON BACKPAGE.COM, AND SHE WAS FORCED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE SEX FOR MONEY. ONE WOULD THINK THERE WAS RELIEF. WHEN HER FAMILY SOUGHT TO FILE IN COURT SHE LOST. SHE LOST. AND ONLY THROUGH THE WORK OF CONGRESS HAS HER CASE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON AN APPEAL. SO THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE IS VITAL TO SAVING LIVES AND TO RESTORING LIVES. I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED AND ENERGIZED BY THE COUNTLESS SURVIVORS, MANY OF WHOM I HAVE SEEN TODAY AND MANY OF WHOM I JOINED LAST MONDAY IN MY DISTRICT. AS A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN AND SEX TRAFFICKING AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND INVESTIGATIONS, I AM PAINFULLY FAMILIAR WITH THE PERVASIVENESS OF SEX TRAFFICKING IN MY OWN STATE OF TEXAS, WHICH HAS BECOME A HOTBED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON. AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING AUTHORITIES, HOUSTON IS KNOWN AS A HUB OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. NOT BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF CONCERN AND ENERGY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICE COMMUNITY, IT IS JUST AN EPICENTER BECAUSE OF THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME BECAUSE OF THE WARM WEATHER, FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE AGED OUT OF FOSTER CARE AND OTHERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CALLS TO THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE IN TEXAS COMES FROM HOUSTON AND A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STATED THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 300,000 VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS, INCLUDING ALMOST 79,000 MINORS. . A STORY OF CALINGTY -- KATHY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED KATHY WHO MOVED TO HOUSTON IN 1994 WITH HER FAMILY. SHE WAS RAISED TO BE STRONG AND INDEPENDENT. SHE WAS VERY INVOLVED IN HER CHURCH, COMMUNITY AND ROTC. LET ME SHARE THE STORY OF KATHY. SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH HOPES OF PURSUING A CAREER IN JOURNALISM BUT SHE BECAME A VICTIM OF SEX TRAFFICKING. LIKE MOST GIRLS SHE WANTED TO BE LOVED. SHE MET A CHARMING YOUNG MAN WHO TREATED HER LIKE SHE'D NEVER BEEN TREATED BEFORE. AFTER A FAIRYTALE YEAR, HER PRINCE CHARMING PROPOSED SOMETHING KATHY FELT SHE COULD NOT REFUSE. A PROMISING SQUOB WITH HIS COMPANY -- A PROMISING JOB WITH HIS COMPANY THAT WOULD TRIPLE HER INCOME, PROVIDE FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR HER FUTURE AND WHICH SEEMED LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE. THE JOB WAS IN DALLAS. DESPITE HER INITIAL HESITATION, SHE SAW THE OFFER AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY. BUT SHORTLY AFTER SHE RIVED IN DALLAS, KATHY -- ARRIVED IN DALLAS, KATHY FOUND HERSELF IN THE DARK WORLD OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION, A LIFE SHE NEVER KNEW SHE'D BE INVOLVED IN. GRAPHIC IMAGES WERE TAKEN OF HER AND PLACED ON THE INTERNET AGAINST HER WILL. SHE WAS FORCED TO PERFORM SEXUAL FAVORS MULTIPLE TIMES EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT DALLAS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS. ESCAPE WAS NOT EASY. HER BOYFRIEND TURNED PIMP LIMITED HER PHONE CALLS TO JOHNS AND DID NOT ALLOW HER TO HAVE MONEY. SOMEHOW SHE FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY. SHE NEVER LOOKED BACK. TO MANY -- AFTER MANY YEARS OF LIVING IN SILENCE, SHE DECIDED TO JOURNAL HER EXPERIENCE. THE JOURNAL BECAME A BOOK WHICH BECAME A STAGE PLAY. KATHY FOUND HER VOICE AND IS NOW AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER WHO HOPES TO USE HER STORY TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN THE FIGHT. IMAGES OF KATHY'S HORRIFIC PAST LINGER ON. SHE SAYS, SITES LIKE THAT PAGE HAVE CHOSEN TO REVICTIMIZE SURVIVORS AND KEEP US IN BONDAGE BY REFUSING TO REMOVE IMAGES TAKEN AGAINST OUR WILL. SHE HOPES ONE DAY THE VOICES OF SURVIVORS WILL BE HEARD. WE HEAR YOU TODAY, KATHY. CONGRESS HEARS YOU. WE HEAR THE VOICES OF THE VICTIMS. SO IN CONCLUSION, LET ME SAY AS WE HEAR THE VOICES OF THE SURVIVORS, WE REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FIRST AMENDMENT. AND THE ABILITY TO FREE EXPRESSION. BUT WE KNOW THAT THE TORMENT THAT THESE VICTIMS ARE GOING THROUGH, THE PTSD THAT THEY'RE SUFFERING, REALLY IS A STATEMENT OF IMPORTANCE FOR H.R. 1865, THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. AND TO WORK WITH ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS BILL, FROM OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TO THE SPONSORS. AND TO GO FORWARD, BUILDING ON THIS LEGISLATION, WITH MORE LEGISLATION, MORE VICTIMS BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH US AND FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO BE ABLE TO STOMP OUT, EXTINGUISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SASKING, ONLINE TRAFFICKING -- SEX TRAFFICKING, ONLINE TRAFFICKING. THIS IS A POWERFUL NATION. THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT DO. THIS I LOOK FORWARD TO -- DO THIS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT EFFORT AND WITH THAT I ASK FOR A VOTE OF YES ON THIS BILL. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT MRS. MALONEY WHEN SHE SAID VOTE NO, SHE MEANT TO SAY SHE WANTS A RESOUNDING YES ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                  • 03:04:12 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                  • 03:04:20 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR ALL…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR ALL OF HER HARD WORKEN THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF -- WORK ON THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT IS OUR JOB TO PROVIDE THE STRONGEST, MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS POSSIBLE TO CONFRONT, PUNISH AND ULTIMATELY PREVENT THE HORRIFIC NIGHTMARE THAT IS HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE'VE SEEN A STARK RISE IN THE USE OF THE INTERNET TO BUY AND SELL TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND MINORS FOR SEX. THIS SICK INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO PROSPER BECAUSE, DUE TO BROAD INTERPRETATION OF EXISTING LAW THERE HAVE BEEN NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR WEBSITES THAT TURN A PROFIT BY SELLING HUMAN BEINGS. TODAY IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO STOP THIS HORRIFYING INJUSTICE BY PASSING H.R. 1865. TO FINALLY GIVE PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO CRACKDOWN ON SITES THAT PROMOTE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HUMAN SEX TRADE. I CALL ON ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TODAY AND TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THIS EVIL, ATROCIOUS BEHAVIOR. AND WE WILL NO LONGER BE COMPLICIT IN LETTING THESE BAD ACTORS GET AWAY WITH THESE HATEFUL CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 03:05:38 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, SHALL BE DEBATED FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN -- DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Goodlatte, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-583 to make technical changes to the bill, add 'attempt' language that had been inadvertently omitted, clarify that only sex trafficking victims may recover restitution, and permit the existing affirmative defense to be raised in cases where a defendant is being prosecuted under subsection 2421A(b)(1).

                                    • 03:06:57 PM

                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                    • 03:07:00 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 03:07:01 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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                                    • 03:07:11 PM

                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                    • 03:07:21 PM

                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                    • 03:07:25 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:07:29 PM

                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                      THIS AMENDMENT MAKES SMALL BUT IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BILL. MORE…

                                      THIS AMENDMENT MAKES SMALL BUT IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE BILL. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL NARROWS THE CLASS OF DEFENDANTS COVERED IN THE NEW SECTION 2421 HAD BEEN A WHICH CRIMINALIZES -- 2421-A, WHICH CRIMINALIZES THE FACILITATION OF PROSTITUTION. AS THE CREATION OF THIS LAW IS DESIGNED TO TARGET BAD ACTOR WEBSITES, THIS AMENDMENT NARROWS DEFENDANTS COVERED TO THOSE WHO OWN, MANAGE OR OPERATE AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICE WITH THE INTENT TO PROMOTE OR FACILITATE PROSTITUTION. THIS AMENDMENT AVOIDS CREATING A BROAD FEDERAL LAW THAT COVERS CONDUCT THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY FEDERAL IN NATURE. SECOND, THE AMENDMENT DISTRIBUTE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT STRIKES LANGUAGE FROM THE UNDERLYING BILL'S CIVIL RECOVERY PROVISION THAT WAS INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE VICTIMS TO SUCCESSFULLY PLEAD THEIR CASES. HOWEVER, THE LANGUAGE COULD HAVE CREATED A RISK OF CONFUSION BY THE COURTS AND SO IT HAS BEEN REMOVED. FURTHER, THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT CLARIFIES THAT MANDATORY RESTITUTION PROVISION IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING, NOT TO THOSE WHO VOLUNTARILY HAVE ENGAGED IN PROSTITUTION. FINALLY, THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT ADDS LANGUAGE INADVERTENTLY OMITTED FROM THE ORIGINAL BILL WHICH PERMITS DEFENDANTS WHO FACE AN AGGRAVATED CHARGE FOR PROMOTING OR FACILITATING MORE THAN FIVE PEOPLE TO ASSERT THE STATUTES OF AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE. IF A DEFENDANT CAN PROVE ADVERTISEMENTS WERE TARGETED WHERE PROMOTION IS LEGAL. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS THE PRODUCT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S REPEATED AND THOUGHTFUL EFFORT TO PRODUCE A WORKABLE AND TECHNICALLY SOUND PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WILL DO A GREAT DEAL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING. I AM PROUD OF THE HARD WORK BY MY COLLEAGUES AND STAFF TO ENSURE THAT THE CRIMINAL LAW IS APPROPRIATELY TAILORED TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:08:15 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.

                                  • 03:09:27 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                  • 03:09:31 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION,…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION, ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                                  • 03:09:36 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                  • 03:09:39 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT AND I THANK…

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, ALONG WITH OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. NADLER, FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN WORKING TOGETHER. I THINK THIS AMENDMENT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT CLARIFIES THAT THE RESTITUTION PROVISION APPLIES TO VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND ENSURES THAT THE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE APPLIES TO BOTH OF THE CRIMINAL OFFENSES CREATED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. THESE CHANGES ARE SIMPLE AND REASONABLE AND WITH THAT I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 03:10:08 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                  • 03:10:12 PM

                                    MR. GOODLATTE

                                    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 03:10:15 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                • 03:10:25 PM

                                  On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mrs. Walters, Mimi, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-583 to allow enforcement of criminal and civil sex trafficking laws against websites that knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking.

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MRS. WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA.

                                    • 03:11:05 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL…

                                      RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                    • 03:11:17 PM

                                      MRS. WALTERS

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE ALLOW STATES…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR HER DEDICATION TO THIS ISSUE AND HER EFFORTS TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THE UNDERLYING BILL WILL HELP CRACK DOWN ONION LINE FACILITATORS OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING TO END THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY. MY AMENDMENT WILL ALLOW ENFORCEMENT OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS AGAINST WEBSITES THAT KNOWINGLY FACILITATE ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISSUE IS OF SIGNIFICANT LOCAL CONCERN IN THE HEART OF MY DISTRICT IN ORANGE COUNTY. LAST YEAR A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING RING WAS UNCOVERED IN A QUIET IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, NEIGHBORHOOD. YOUNG WOMEN FROM OVERSEAS WERE SOLD REPEATEDLY THROUGH THE WEBSITE BACKPAGE.COM. WEBSITES LIKE BACKPAGE, WHICH ARE ESSENTIALLY STORE FRONTS FOR THE FACILITATION OF SEX TRAFFICKING, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY. MY AMENDMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNDERLYING BILL, WILL HELP PROSECUTORS CRACK DOWN ON WEBSITES THAT KNOWINGLY FACILITATE OR PROMOTE SEX TRAFFICKING WHILE KEEPING IN PLACE SAFEGUARDS FOR THOSE WHO RESPONSIBLY ACCOMPLISH THIRD PARTY CONTENT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL EMPOWER SEX TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS TO COME FORWARD AND SEEK JUSTICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND PUT AN END TO HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING -- TO THE HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING INDUSTRY IN AMERICA. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:11:20 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mrs. Mimi Walters (CA) amendment No. 2.

                                  • 03:12:51 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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                                  • 03:12:55 PM

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                                    TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                  • 03:12:57 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

                                  • 03:13:01 PM

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT STANDS FOR A…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT STANDS FOR A VERY SIMPLE, POWERFUL IDEA. THAT A WEBSITE SHOULD NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ITS USERS. BECAUSE OF SECTION 230, WE HAVE THE INTERNET, AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

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                                    MS. LOFGREN

                                    AND ALSO BECAUSE OF SECTION 230, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WEBSITES CAN SAFELY…

                                    AND ALSO BECAUSE OF SECTION 230, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WEBSITES CAN SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY REPORT AND COORDINATE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT ON VARIOUS CRIMES, INCLUDING SEX TRAFFICKING, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, AND THE LIKE. UNFORTUNATELY SECTION 230 HAS BEEN UTILIZED BY BAD ACTORS, INCLUDING A NOTORIOUS ONE, BACKPAGE, TO TRAFFIC IN CHILDREN AND TO EXPLOIT VICTIMS -- REALLY, THEY'RE SLAVERY VICTIMS. THE UNDERLYING BILL, THIS BILL, H.R. 1865, PUTS A STOP TO THAT. AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS NOTED, IT WILL ALLOW FOR THE PROSECUTION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAFFICKING IN VICTIMS ONLINE. THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, HOWEVER, FOR THE FIRST TIME WOULD CARVE A HOLE IN 230 AND MAKE IT ACTUALLY MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE UNDERLYING BILL TO PROSECUTE TRAFFICKERS ONLINE. BY CREATING POTENTIAL LIABILITY FOR, QUOTE, KNOWING THAT A USER IS USING THEIR WEBSITE FOR FACILITATING SEX TRAFFICKING, THE WALTERS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE WHAT LEGAL EXPERTS CALL THE MODERATOR'S DILEMMA. THERE'S NO OBLIGATION UNDER LAW TO MODERATE YOUR WEBSITE, AND IN FACT, IF YOU HAVE TWO MILLION USERS OR 10 MILLION USERS, YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S BEING POSTED BY YOUR USERS. BY UNDER THIS AMENDMENT, IF YOU MADE ANY EFFORT TO TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING AMONG YOUR USERS, AS MANY WEBSITES DO TODAY, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, BUT ALSO FOR TRAFFICKING, YOU WOULD INCUR LIABILITY BECAUSE YOU WOULD THEN HAVE A REASON TO KNOW. NOW, OTHER LAWS THAT DEAL WITH INTERMEDIARY LIABILITY, SUCH AS THE REQUIREMENT TO REPORT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, OR COPYRIGHT SAFE HARBORS OF THE DMCA HAVE VERY CLEAR AND SPECIFIC PROVISION ON WHEN A WEBSITE HAS SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE AND WHAT EXPRESS ACTIONS IT SHOULD TAKE. THE WALTERS AMENDMENT HAS NONE OF THESE AND THERE'S NO CASE LAW ON IT EITHER. SO SO THE AMENDMENT WOULD PUT WEB OWNERS IN A VERY WEIRD PLACE. IF YOU DO ANYTHING TO MODERATE YOU'RE RISKING LIABILITY AND THE INCENTIVE WOULD BE TO NOT MONITOR AT ALL AND THAT WOULD BE TRAGIC AND A GAIN FOR CHILD PREDATORS, THOUGH I KNOW THAT'S NOT THE INTENTION. YOU CAN'T STOP MODERATING JUST FOR TRAFFICKING. YOU EITHER MODERATE OR YOU DON'T MODERATE. WE DO KNOW THERE'S BEEN TREMENDOUS ADVANCES FOR MACHINE OPERATED FILTERS TO FIND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. ACTUALLY, THAT'S ONE OF THE EASIEST THINGS TO FIND USING FILTERS, AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WEBSITES COOPERATE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CATCH THOSE BAD GUYS. UNDER THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, THE DISINCENTIVE WOULD BE HUGE NOT TO DO THAT. AND I THINK THAT'S WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT. AS I SAID, EARLIER, AND THE CHAIRMAN PUT THE LETTER INTO THE RECORD, THE DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT ANY REVISION TO DEFINE PARTICIPATION IS UNNECESSARY AND THEY SAY WHILE WELL-INTENTIONED, THIS NEW LANGUAGE WOULD IMPACT PROSECUTIONS BY EFFECTIVELY CREATING ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS THAT PROSECUTORS WOULD HAVE TO PROVE AT TRIAL. THAT'S WHY IT'S A BAD IDEA TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE HAS SAID, SECTION 4 OF THE AMENDMENT ALSO VIOLATES THE EX POST FACTO CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION BY ATTACHING CORRAL LIABILITY TO ACTIONS THAT PROCEEDED -- PRECEDED THE ENACT OF THE BILL, CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. SO ALTHOUGH I DON'T HAVE ANY DOUBT AS TO THE -- AS TO THE GOOD INTENTIONS BEHIND THE OFFERING OF THIS AMENDMENT, IT WOULD ACTUALLY IMPAIR THE ABILITY TO PROTECT VICTIMS, IT WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO PROSECUTE IF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUS -- AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS POINTED OUT. IT'S SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I THINK THAT'S A MAJOR FAULT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE ABLE TO DO IN THE COMMITTEE AND WE DID THIS TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN -- ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, WAS TO SORT THROUGH THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF SEEMINGLY SIMPLE LANGUAGE. NOTHING IN WRITING LAW IS SIMPLE AND CERTAINLY NOBODY WANTS A PROVISION THAT IS GOING TO NEGATIVELY IMPACT PROSECUTIONS, HAVE UNINTINDED CONSEQUENCES FOR STATE ACTIONS AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS POINTED OUT, AND WOULD PROVIDE A SIS INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO MODERATE ACTIVITIES TO TRY AND CATCH BAD GUYS AND TO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. SO ALTHOUGH THE INTENTIONS ARE GOOD, THE AMENDMENT IS FLAWED, I HOPE YOU VOTE NO ON IT AND THEN I HOPE WE GET A RESOUNDING, UNANIMOUS VOTE YES FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL. I SEE THAT MY TIME HAS EXPIRED AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 03:18:46 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EX-TIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EX-TIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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                                  • 03:18:51 PM

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                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM THE TIME I YIELDED.

                                  • 03:18:55 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 03:18:56 PM

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                                    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE.

                                  • 03:19:00 PM

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                                    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE WALTERS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 12865, THE ALLOW…

                                    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE WALTERS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 12865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, CALLED FOSTA. THE WALTERS AMENDMENT REINSTATES CRITICAL PRO-VICTIM PROVISIONS FROM THINK ORIGINAL BILL AND REFLECTS THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE SENATE ON THOSE WHICH IS THE MEAT OF THE SENATE BILL 1693, THE STOP ENABLING SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, OR SESTA.

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                                  • 03:19:33 PM

                                    MS. WAGNER

                                    TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. THANK YOU.

                                  • 03:21:16 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 03:21:22 PM

                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    LET ME JUST READ, 16-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND BEATEN, STABBED TO DEATH, AFTER…

                                    LET ME JUST READ, 16-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND BEATEN, STABBED TO DEATH, AFTER BEING ADVERTISED AS A PROSTITUTE ON BACKPAGE. I MIGHT SUGGEST WE FOLLOW ONE GREAT PHILOSOPHER IN CALIFORNIA THAT SAID, CAN WE ALL GET ALONG? THIS AMENDMENT IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO GIVE ENHANCED POWERS TO STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE THE EXTRA LITIGATION LEVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IMPACTED IN A DEVASTATING MANNER. AS I SAID, WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT, BUT WE'VE GOT TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. AND EVERY TIME I THINK OF THIS PRECIOUS YOUNG LADY, DESIREE, AND THE TEARS OF HER MOTHER WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE OTHER BODY, THE SENATE HEARING, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE MOVE FORWARD. WE MOVE FORWARD, WE CAN BUILD ON THIS LEGISLATION. I INTEND TO OFFER ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION THAT WE WILL NEED, ALL OF US, WORKING. SO THAT WE CAN PUT A STOP SIGN IN FRONT OF THE DASTARDLY BEHAVIOR OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, MAKE A TINCHES IN THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 03:22:39 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                • 03:23:00 PM

                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                                  At the conclusion of debate on the Mimi Walters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

                                  • 03:23:03 PM

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                                    I'D LIKE THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT AMENDMENT.

                                  • 03:23:06 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE?

                                  • 03:23:08 PM

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                                    I DO.

                                  • 03:23:10 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE…

                                    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 03:23:27 PM

                                    An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-583 to request a GAO study of: (1) civil damages claimed and awarded in civil actions where the claimant alleges the defendant promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, filed pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(c); and (2) mandatory restitution requested and orders imposed by courts where a defendant is convicted of using or operating a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce with intent to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another, promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(d).

                                  • 03:23:32 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 3.

                                    • 03:23:36 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                    • 03:23:38 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                    • 03:23:41 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      HOUSE REPORT 115-583, OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

                                    • 03:23:47 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                    • 03:24:00 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      LET ME THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'VE ALREADY RAISED THE PICTURE…

                                      LET ME THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'VE ALREADY RAISED THE PICTURE OF DESIREE, WHO IS DEAD. AND IT WAS DRIVEN BY BEING EXPOSED AS A SO-CALLED PROSTITUTE, SEX TRAFFICKING, A LITTLE GIRL, ON BACKPAGE. OR TO J.S., WHO IN FACT WAS VICTIMIZED IN SEATTLE, RAPED AND PUT ON BACKPAGE, RESCUED BY HER FAMILY, AND FAILED IN COURT BEFORE THIS LEGISLATION. MY LEGISLATION IS VERY SIMPLE. DOES THIS BILL WORK? WHAT MORE CAN WE WE DO? SO I'M ASKING FOR A G.A.O. STUDY, THE G.A.O. WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO ASSESS THE DAMAGES AWARDED TO VICTIMS AND RESTITUTION AMOUNTS IMPOSED AGAINST DEFENDANTS AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL. VICTIMS OF THE -- OF SEX TRAFFICKING REQUIRE A MULTIFACETED RESPONSE TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES. THAT INCLUDES HOUSING, COUNSELING, JOB TRAINING, AND IN MANY CASES DRUG TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION. WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NEED TO BE ABLE TO KNOW, DOES IT WORK? A CITIZEN-LED MOVEMENT CALLED FIGHT FOR US ALONG WITH A TEAM OF INFLUENTIAL CITIZENS CALLED THE HOUSTON 20 WORK TO FILL IN THE GAPS AND STRENGTHEN THE SERVICES FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON. I WAS PROUD TO MEET WITH THEM AT THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH CHURCH A SOCIALLY MOTIVATED CHURCH LED BY BISHOP JAMES DIXON. JACKIE IS THE LEAD AND THEY WERE ALL COMMITTED, CHILDREN AT RISK, AND MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, TO ELIMINATING SOME OF THE GAPS FOR THE HOUSTON 20 WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO UTILIZE RESOURCES FOR EVEN GREATER WORK. DOES THIS REALLY WORK? SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                    • 03:25:55 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA RIDES?

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                                    • 03:26:00 PM

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                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 03:26:06 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 03:26:07 PM

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                                      I SUPPORT MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT REQUIRING A G.A.O. STUDY. IT'S…

                                      I SUPPORT MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT REQUIRING A G.A.O. STUDY. IT'S ALWAYS --

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                                    • 03:26:19 PM

                                      MRS. ROBY

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:26:36 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      AN 846% INCREASE IN SUSPECTED CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING REPORTS.

                                    • 03:26:51 PM

                                      MS. WAGNER

                                      CONCERN ONLINE TRAFFICKING FACILITATED BY WEBSITES THAT HELP TRAFFICKERS…

                                      CONCERN ONLINE TRAFFICKING FACILITATED BY WEBSITES THAT HELP TRAFFICKERS POST, ADVERTISE -- POST ADVERTISEMENTS OF CHILDREN AND VICTIMS. I FIND IT HARD TO IMAGINE THAT IF A NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS HOSTED A SLAVE AUCTION THE AUCTIONEER WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED LIABLE. BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH WEBSITES LIKE BACKPAGE.COM AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS. I HAVE SPOKE WITHIN STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTOR ACROSS AMERICA WHO WANT TO HOLD ONLINE ADVERTISERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR FACILITATING TRAFFICKING AND PROMOTING PROSTITUTION. BUT THEY CANNOT. SECTION 230 HAS BEEN INTERPRET SOD BROADLY THAT COURTS HAVE RULED IN FAVOR OF BACKPAGE.COM IN CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CASES, DESPITE THE WEBSITE'S CLEAR CRIMINAL CONDUCT. THESE RULINGS DEFY CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. 2 YEARS AGO, SENATOR JIM EXXON OF NEBRASKA SPONSOR OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT, STATED, QUOTE, THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY SHOULD NOT BE BECOME A RED LIGHT DISTRICT. SECTION 230 WAS AN AMENDMENT TO THE C.D.A. THAT INTENDED TO MOTIVATE WEBSITES TO SCREEN EXPLICIT CONTENT IN GOOD FAITH AND SHIELD WEBSITES FROM UNFAIR LIABILITY FOR THIRD PARTY CONTENT. HOWEVER, SECTION 230 WAS NEVER INTENDED TO SHIELD WEBSITES FROM LIABILITY FOR CRIMINAL CONDUCT. CONGRESS DID NOT INTEND TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO COMMIT TRAFFICKING CRIMES ONLINE THAT THEY COULD NEVER COMMIT OFFLINE. IT NEVER MEANT TO IMPLY THAT CRIMINAL CONDUCT CAN HIDE BEHIND THE DEFENSE OF HE JATE MT. PUBLISHING OR EDITING. H.R. 1865 IS A LONG OVERDUE CLARIFICATION OF SECTION 230, EXPLAINING TO AMERICANS THAT -- TO AMERICA'S COURTS THAT STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS ARE NOT HANDCUFFED FROM PROTECTING THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE STATE LAW SHOULD BE FREELY ENFORCED AGAINST WEBSITES THAT UNLAWFULLY PROMOTE PROSECUTION -- PROSTITUTION AND SEX. MR. SPEAKER, THE LEE AMENDMENT WILL HELP US TRACK THE YUTION OF THIS NEW CRIME AND I'M DELIGHTED TO SUPPORT IT. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR OFFERING IT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HORRIFIED THAT CHILDREN AND ADULTS ARE SOLD ON THE INTERNET LIKE A T-SHIRT OR TAKEOUT. I'M HORRIFIED THAT HUMAN BEINGS ARE SOLD WITH IMPUNITY AND HAVE NO ACCESS TO JUSTICE. TODAY, PLEASE VOTE YES FOR JUSTICE. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME.

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                                    • 03:29:13 PM

                                      MRS. ROBY

                                      I RESERVE.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 03:29:18 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      LEE: HOW MUCH TIME DOES EACH SIDE HAVE?

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THREE MINUTES FOR TEXAS AND TWO MINUTES FOR ALABAMA.

                                    • 03:29:26 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      THANK YOU, THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE FOR YIELDING TIME…

                                      THANK YOU, THANK YOU CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE FOR YIELDING TIME BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMENDMENT AS THE -- AMENDMENT. AS THE LEAD DEMOCRAT SPONSOR ON THIS BILL, I PROUDLY JOIN YOU WITH THAT AMENDMENT. LIKE MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ROEBY SAID, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD WHEN YOU HAVE A GREAT BILL THAT YOU CAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT ASKS FOR A STUDY TO MAKE SURE IT'S EFFECTIVE. LASTLY LET ME JUST SAY TO YOU, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE STORIES.

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                                    • 03:30:00 PM

                                      MRS. BEATTY

                                      STORY OF KATHY OR ERICA OR IN MY DISTRICT THE RESASM IT MAKES ME PROUD TO…

                                      STORY OF KATHY OR ERICA OR IN MY DISTRICT THE RESASM IT MAKES ME PROUD TO STAND WITH YOU AND I THANK YOU FOR NOT ONLY THIS AMENDMENT BUT FOR YOUR WORK IN JUDICIARY. WHAT WE KNOW YOUR AMENDMENT WILL DO, IT WILL PROTECT THE INNOCENT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:30:16 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA. THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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                                    • 03:30:24 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                      EVIDENCED BY HER STATEMENT

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                      MRS. ROBY

                                      AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT AND URGE MY…

                                      AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT MS. JACKSON LEE'S AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 03:32:58 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.…

                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 03:33:12 PM

                                    On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                      MRS. ROBY

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL NOW RISE.

                                    • 03:33:22 PM

                                      Mrs. Roby moved that the Committee rise.

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                  • 03:33:33 PM

                                    On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1865 as unfinished business.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                      • 03:34:01 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION,…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1865, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                      • 03:34:13 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                        THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1865, AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20RKS THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER -- 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON PROASTPONE -- ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 03:34:41 PM

                                      The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5078, AS…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5078, AS AMENDED.

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                                    • 03:35:55 PM

                                      Mr. Hill moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5078 — "To amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements related to mortgage disclosures, and for other purposes."

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                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5078.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        H.R. 5078, A BILL TO AMEND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF…

                                        H.R. 5078, A BILL TO AMEND THE REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT OF 1974, TO MODIFY REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO MORTGAGE DISCLOSURES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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                                      • 03:36:26 PM

                                        MR. HILL

                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS…

                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL.

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                                      • 03:36:38 PM

                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                        MR. HILL

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. HILL

                                        RECOGNIZED.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE…

                                        BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                      • 03:42:58 PM

                                        MR. ELLISON

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME ALLOW TO THANK YOU AS WELL, MR. HILL, FROM…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME ALLOW TO THANK YOU AS WELL, MR. HILL, FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ARKANSAS. AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN PITTINGER, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THINGS. THIS IS WHAT OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT. AND THAT'S WHAT THE CREDIT ACCESS AND INCLUSION BILL ACTUALLY REPRESENTS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IF I TOLD YOU THAT WE COULD HELP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GET ACCESS TO AN APARTMENT, LOWER THE COST OF A LOAN, LOWER THE DEPOSIT THEY MAY HAVE TO PUT DOWN ON A PHONE OR UTILITY DEPOSIT, AND WE COULD DO ALL THESE THINGS WITHOUT CREATING A NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, WE COULD DO IT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT MANDATE, AND WE COULD DO IT WITH VIRTUALLY NO NEW TAX DOLLARS, WOULD YOU TAKE THAT DEAL? BECAUSE I WOULD. I'D SAY, WOW. HELP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? BE ABLE TO AFFORD SERVICES THAT THEY NEED BEFORE, LOWER THE COST OF LOANS? YEAH, WHY WOULDN'T WE DO THAT? WELL, THE TRUTH IS THAT WE CAN. IF WE VOTE YES ON THE CREDIT ACCESS AND INCLUSION BILL. I'M PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION, WHICH IS BIPARTISAN, WILL BRING ABOUT BASIC FAIRNESS IN THE CREDIT SCORING SYSTEM. CREDIT IS CURRENCY IN OUR SOCIETY. IT UNLOCKS CREDIT TO ACCESS TO GOODS AND SERVICES, HARDWORKING AMERICANS NEED TO BUILD, SOME ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT THERE ARE CURRENTABLY 26 MILLION PEOPLE -- CURRENTLY ABOUT 26 MILLION PEOPLE OR ONE IN 10 AMERICANS WHO DO NOT HAVE A CREDIT RECORD. AND THERE'S ANOTHER 19 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO EVEN SCORE. LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS ARE IN EVEN WORSE SHAPE. ABOUT ONE IN FOUR LATINOS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS EITHER DON'T HAVE A CREDIT SCORE OR DON'T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION IN THE FILE TO GET A SCORE. AND ALMOST HALF OF THE RESIDENTS OF LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES DO NOT HAVE A SCORE OF ANY BACKGROUND. AND THIS ALLOWS CREDIT RATING AGENCIES TO USE -- THIS BILL ALLOWS CREDIT RATING AGENCIES TO USE ON-TIME, RENT, PHONE AND UTILITY PAYMENTS WHEN DETERMINING CREDIT SCORES. NOW, YOU SHOULD KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IF PEOPLE ARE LATE WITH THESE LINES OF INFORMATION, IT CAN AND OFTEN DOES SHOW UP ON THEIR CREDIT SCORE NOW. . IF PEOPLE TAKE OUT LOAN PRODUCTS WHICH THEY PAY BACK ON TIME, THAT HELPS THEIR CREDIT SCORE. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO PAY PHONE BILL, UTILITY BILLS, THEY PAY EVERY MONTH ON TIME BUT THEY'RE NOT BUILDING ANYTHING TO HELP THEM GET IN A BETTER CREDIT SITUATION? THIS BILL ALLOWS THEM TO DO THAT. AS A RESULT, MORE THAN A THIRD OF PREVIOUSLY UNSCOREABLE AMERICANS WILL NOW HAVE ACCESS TO PRIME CREDIT AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME WITH IT IF -- WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL THIS BILL ISN'T JUST ABOUT ACCESS TO CREDIT THOUGH. IT'S ALSO ABOUT SAVING HARD WORKING AMERICANS REAL MONEY. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON CAR LOANS AND THEIR MORTGAGES. MR. SPEAKER, YOU DO -- IF YOU'RE UNSCOREABLE, YOU CAN OFTEN GET A LOAN, BUT THE INTEREST RATE IS ALWAYS HIGHER WHEN THAT HAPPENS. SO IF PEOPLE ARE SCOREABLE, THEY GET A CREDIT SCORE, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES AND PUT INTO THEIR HOUSE HOLES BUDGET. THAT'S MONEY. MONEY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS GOING TO BE USED, THE MONEY THAT USED TO BE GOING TO AUTOLENDERS AND MORTGAGE BROKERSERS WILL GO INTO THE POCKET OF CONSUMERS TO IMPROVE THEIR THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILY AND THAT'S A GOOD DAY'S WORK TO ME. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUES AND I'LL RESERVE FOR THE MOMENT.

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                                      • 03:46:51 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS…

                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AND PROVIDING THE CHANCE TO BUILD CREDIT FILE FOR THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO PLEASE -- I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO THIS WEEK I KNOW HASED A DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP WITH REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM, WE SALUTE THEIR WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR WORLD, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. PITTENGER.

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                                      • 03:47:38 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 03:47:40 PM

                                        MR. PITTENGER

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT FOR CONGRESSMAN HILL'S BILL THIS BILL WILL LOWER…

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT FOR CONGRESSMAN HILL'S BILL THIS BILL WILL LOWER CONSUMER COSTS AND LESSER REGULATORY BURDENS FOR GROWING BUSINESSES WHICH WILL LEAD TO HEALTHIER AND WELL FUNCTIONS FINANCIAL MARKETS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN HILL FOR YOUR GREAT WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES INCLUDE THE CREDIT ACCURACY INCLUSION ACT, H.R. 435, WHICH I CO-SPONSORED WITH CONGRESSMAN ELLISON, WHICH WE INTRODUCED TOGETHER. H.R. 435 IS DESIGNED TO GIVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS BETTER ACCESS TO A FORM OF CREDIT BY PROVIDING MORE FUNTS -- OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO BUILD CREDIT ON THEIR OWN MERIT WITHOUT FEDERAL FUNDS OR NEW BURACHCISM AT A TIME WHEN ACT STOSE CREDIT IS A NECESSITY, TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE HAM STRUCK BECAUSE THEY HAVE LITTLE OR NO CREDIT HISTORY. CURRENTLY ON TIME UTILITY AND RENT PAYMENTS ARE NOT REFLECTED IN CREDIT SCORES. THE CREDIT ACCURACY AND INCLUSION ACT AMENDS THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT OF -- OR FCRA, TO ALLOW FOR NONFINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS SUCH AS TELEPHONE, CABLE, WIRELESS, ELECTRIC AND GAS COMPANIES AS WELL AS LANDLORDS, TO REPORT THEIR CUSTOMERS' ON-TIME PAYMENTS TO CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES OR C.R.A.'S. BY INCORPORATING THESE ON-TIME PAYMENTS CALLED ALTERNATIVE OR ADDITIONAL DATA IN CREDIT REPORTS, MORE AMERICANS CAN ACCESS RESPONSIBLE CREDIT PRODUCTS, BUY HOMES AND CARS, BUILD WEALTH, STRENGTHENING OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY. IN TOTAL, OUR BILL WOULD ENABLE NEARLY 100 MILLION AMERICANS TO ESTABLISH OR RAISE THEIR CREDIT SCORE. ALL WITHOUT FEDERAL MANDATES. ULTIMATELY THIS LEGISLATION WILL GIVE EVERY AMERICAN THE ABILITY TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN ELLISON, FOR WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN HILL, FOR YOUR WORK ON TREAD IMPROVEMENTS ACT. PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 03:49:46 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

                                      • 03:49:51 PM

                                        MR. ELLISON

                                        NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND URGE A YES VOTE ON THE BILL, I YIELD BACK.

                                      • 03:49:56 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

                                      • 03:50:02 PM

                                        MR. HILL

                                        THANK YOU TO MR. HILL AND MR. ELLISON FOR THEIR WORK ON THSH AND THANK YOU…

                                        THANK YOU TO MR. HILL AND MR. ELLISON FOR THEIR WORK ON THSH AND THANK YOU TO THOSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO BROUGHT THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND FOR WORKING TO HELP CONSUMERS HAVE MORE ACCESS TO CREDIT, WHETHER IT'S A SPEEDIER, MORE TRANSPARENT MORTGAGE CLOSING, OR THE CHANCE TO BUILD CREDIT. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 03:50:26 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5078 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    • 03:50:43 PM

                                      On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

                                      • 03:50:45 PM

                                        Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                                        • 03:51:52 PM

                                          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 747. H.R. 4296 — "To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency."

                                          • 03:51:57 PM

                                            Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4296 and H.R. 4607. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4296 and H.R. 4607 under closed rules with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services for each measure.

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                                              MR. HENSARLING

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, I CALL UP H.R. 4296 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, I CALL UP H.R. 4296 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                            • 03:52:10 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                            • 03:52:13 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 434, H.R. 4 96, A BILL TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON…

                                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 434, H.R. 4 96, A BILL TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS, ESTABLISHED BY AN APPROPRIATE FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY.

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                                            • 03:52:27 PM

                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE…

                                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-60 MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-582 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATED FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, WILL BE -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATT EDUCATION -- WATERS, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                            • 03:53:17 PM

                                              MR. HENSARLING

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEDGE DATE --…

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEDGE DATE -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                            • 03:53:27 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                            • 03:53:29 PM

                                              MR. HENSARLING

                                              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H R. 4296, AN IMPORTANT BILL AUTHORED BY…

                                              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H R. 4296, AN IMPORTANT BILL AUTHORED BY MR. LUETKEMEYER, WHO IS A REAL LEADER ON OUR COMMITTEE, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMERS CREDIT AND LEDEN MANY BILLS ON THIS FLOOR THIS PARTICULAR ONE ADDRESSES THE BURDEN THAT UNNECESSARY OPERATIONAL CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS HAVE IMPOSED ON OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEN CONSEQUENTLY ON OUR HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE SEEKING CREDIT. THE COMMITTEE REQUIRES U.S. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD EXCESSIVE CAPITAL BASED ON A LOOK BACK, A LOOK BACK APPROACH TO AN ORGANIZATION'S RISKS. PREVIOUS EARNINGS AND OTHER PROVISIONS THAT PROVIDE IN INDICATION OF FUTURE RISK. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT HOLDING OPERATIONAL CAPITAL FOR PAST ACTIVITIES. THIS METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED BY THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SETTERS HAS FORCED OUR BANKS TO HOLD HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RESERVE RATHER THAN PUTTING THAT MONEY TO WORK IN THE REAL ECONOMY, IN LOANS AND INVESTMENTS FOR PEOPLE TO BUY CARS, TO LAUNCH SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISES, MAYBE TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT ON THAT FIRST HOME. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY IT, SO THAT ALL CAN HEAR. HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NOT BEING UTILIZED, TO FUND THE MORTGAGE LOANS AND CAR LOANS AND OTHER DAY-TO-DAY FINANCING THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS DEMAND. ON TOP OF THIS IS THE INCREASED COST OF COMPLIANCE THAT BANKS HAVE HAD TO SHOULDER UNDER THE DODD-FRANK ONSLAUGHT OF REGULATION. BANKS -- THAT MAKES COATSVILLE SAVINGS BANK, THE ONLY REMAIN BANK IN COATSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, TELL US 95% OF THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET IS NOTHING BUT COMPLIANCE COSTS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE COATSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA, COMMUNITY, BECAUSE AS 25%, THAT'S A HUGE FIGURE, MR. SPEAKER, THEY -- THAT CANNOT BE USED TO FUND THE AMERICAN DREAM IN COATSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA. SO AGAIN, CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER BRINGS US A VERY COMMON -- A VERY COMMONSENSE REFORM AND VERY NECESSARY REFORM. MOST AGREE AND RECOGNIZE THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD CAPITAL IN THE EVENT OF FUTURE CRISIS OR DISTRESS, NOBODY DENIES THAT. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT REMOVE THOSE REQUIREMENTS. BUT MR. SPEAKER, REQUIRING BANKING ORGANIZATIONS TO LOOK BACK, LOOK BACK IN THER. AND HOLD OPERATIONAL CAPITAL AGAINST THIS CONTINUED ACTIVITIES OR -- AGAINST DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS IS NOT JUST NONSENSICAL, IT IS CRAZY. IT MAKES NO SENSE. H.R. 4296 AMENDS THE METHOD ON HOW RESERVE CAPITAL IS CALCULATED BY ESTABLISHING STANDARDS BASED ON AN ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES. MAKING THE REQUIREMENTS MORE ACCURATE AND TAILORED TO A BANK'S CURRENT RISK PROFILE. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S JUST COMMON SENSE. THAT MEANS BANKS WOULD STILL RETAIN SUFFICIENT RESERVES TO WEATHER AN ECONOMIC STORM BUT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PUT THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS CURRENTLY SITTING ON THE SIDELINES, TO WORK TO HELP MAKE THE ECONOMY GROW TO MAKE IT HEALTHIER. IN SHORT, THIS METHOD BASED APPROACH PROPOSED BY H.R. 4296 PROPERLY CALIBRATES OPERATIONAL CAPITAL WHILE ALSO ENSURING A STRONG, HEALTHY, FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND THUS A STRONGER ECONOMY FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. AGAIN, TO BE VERY CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4296 DOES NOT PREVENT FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS FROM INSTITUTING OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE AUTHORITY OF A REGULATOR TO ASSESS OPERATIONAL RISK. NOR DOES IT PREVENT REGULATORS FROM REQUIRING THAT CAPITAL BE HELD AGAINST RISKIER ACTIVECIES OR -- ACTIVITIES OR BUSINESSES. THE BILL SIMPLY PUTS FORTH A THOUGHTFUL FRAMEWORK THAT SETS PARAMETERS WHILE ALLOWING REGULATORS THE FLEXIBILITY NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT CAPITAL STANDARDS ARE APPROPRIATELY TAILORED. A HEALTHY FINANCIAL SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ENHANCE INDIVIDUALS' FINANCIAL FREEDOM AND WILL LEAD TO A HEALTHIER AND BETTER REGULATORY SYSTEM. H.R. 4296 HAS GARNERED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR COMMITTEE, PASSING BY A VOTE OF 43-17. AGAIN, BECAUSE IT IS PRACTICAL AND COMMONSENSE. I AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER WHO CHAIR OURS FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT, BIPARTISAN MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 03:53:41 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4296.

                                          • 03:58:32 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 03:58:37 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR.…

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4296. THIS BILL IS SIMPLY ANOTHER ROLLBACK OF RULES PUT IN PLACE AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY'S LARGEST FINANCIAL BANKS BY RESTRICTING THE WAY REGULATORS SET CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THESE INSTITUTIONS. BEFORE I GET INTO WHY THIS BILL IS PROBLEMATIC, LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO CLARIFY WHAT CAPITAL IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT. SOME HAVE SAID THAT CAPITAL IS MONEY THAT IS HELD ON THE SIDE OR IN RESERVE AND CANNOT BE USED TO LEND TO BORROWERS THIS COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. CAPITAL IS NOT A RESERVE. IT REFERS TO THE TERMS OF THE FINANCING A BANK RECEIVES. IN THE MOST SIMPLISTIC EXAMPLE A BANK RECEIVES FUNDS FROM CUSTOMERS MAKING DEPOSITS. LOANS IT RECEIVES FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS, AND STOCK IT HAS ISSUED TO INVESTORS. THE BANK USES ALL OF THESE SOURCES OF FUNDING TO MAKE MORTGAGES AND OTHER LOANS TO CUSTOMERS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES. BANK DEBT HAS TERMS LIKE REGULAR INTEREST PAYMENTS THAT IF IT STOPS PAYING, THE BANK FAILS. HOWEVER, A BANK CAN STOP PAYING DIVIDENDS ON ITS STOCK WITHOUT IT FAILING. BANKS FUNDED WITH LOTS OF DEBT ARE DESCRIBED AS BEING HIGHER LEVERAGED AND RISKY BECAUSE ONLY A SMALL DROP IN THE VALUE OF THEIR MORTGAGES AND OTHER ASSETS CAN CAUSE THEM TO DEFAULT. FUNDING A BANK THROUGH HIGHER LEVELS OF CAPITAL MAKES THE BANK STRONGER BECAUSE EVEN IF THE LOANS IT HAS MADE LOSE VALUE, THE BANK CAN AVOID DEFAULT BY TEMPORARILY HALTING PAYMENTS TO THEIR INVESTORS OR LOWERING THE VALUE OF THE STOCK. H.R. IT WOULD IMPACT SOMETHING CALLED OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL, WHICH IS THE CAPITAL USED TO COVER THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSSES TO THE LARGEST BANKS FROM THEIR OPERATIONAL FAILURES, SUCH AS FAILED PRACTICES AND CYBER BREACHES. H.R. 4296 WOULD DIMINISH THIS TYPE OF CAPITAL, WHICH ONLY ABOUT 10 MEGA BANKS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN UNDER AN ENHANCED FRAMEWORK BY RESTRICTING THE INFORMATION THAT REGULATORS CAN USE TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE BALANCE OF SAFE FUNDING LIKE BANK STOCK VERSUS DEBT THAT MEGA BANKS SHOULD HAVE TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL OPERATIONAL LOSSES THAT THEY MAY OCCUR. THE BILL WOULD DIRECT REGULATORS TO PRIMARILY CONSIDER A MEGA BANK'S CURRENT ACTIVITY AND NOT THEIR PAST BEHAVIOR. WHEN SETTING THE CAPITAL LEVEL. THEREBY, ENABLING A BANK TO TAKE ON MORE DEBT. ACCORDING TO AMERICANS FOR FINANCIAL REFORM, A NONPARTISAN COALITION OF MORE THAN 200 CIVIL RIGHTS CONSUMERS, FAITH-BASED AND CIVIC AND COMMUNITY GROUPS, I QUOTE, WHILE CURRENT ACTIVITIES ARE CENTRAL TO OPERATIONAL RISK AND ARE ALREADY TREATED AS SUCH, THE RECENT LOSS EXPERIENCE OF BANKS IS THE BEST CONCRETE EVIDENCE REGULATORS USUALLY HAVE AS TO THE MAGNITUDE OF CURRENT AND FUTURE RISK. RECENT PAST ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO VITAL TO UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE EXPOSURES OF THE BANK, INCLUDING POTENTIAL LEGAL EXPOSURES, END QUOTE. THUS, THIS CHANGE TO HOW REGULATORS DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT MEGA BANKS SHOULD MAINTAIN FOR OPERATIONAL RISK IS INPRUDENT. A MEGA'S BANK'S PAST ACTIONS ARE THE BEST INDICATORS OF FUTURE POTENTIAL RISK THAT IT MAY EXPERIENCE. WELL, MEMORIES SEEM TO QUICKLY FADE IN CONGRESS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS THAT LED TO THE LAST FINANCIAL CRISIS. SO LET ME LIST SOME OF THE EXAMPLES OF PAST MEGA BANKS' OPERATIONAL FAILURES BY JPMORGAN, LONDON, AND WELLS FARGO, LONG LIST OF VIOLATIONS THAT HAVE RIPPED OFF MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS INCLUDING THOSE HARMED BY THEIR FRAUDULENT ACCOUNT SCANGEDAL. GIVEN THESE PAST EXAMPLES THAT MEGA BANKS COLLECTIVELY PAID $1260 BILL QUON IN FINES SINCE -- $160 BILLION IN FINES. EVEN THE COMMITTEE WHICH SEVERAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP EYE APPOINTEES NOW SERVE ON, AGREED IN DECEMBER WHEN THEY FINALIZED REFORMS WHERE THE CAPITAL RISK ORIGINATES, BANKS WHICH HAVE EXPERIENCED RISKS HISTORICALLY ASSUMED TO BE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE OPERATIONAL RISK LOSS IN THE FUTURE. SO, IT MAKES NO SENSE TO HAVE A FORWARD-LOOKING ASSESSMENT THAT DE-EMPHASIZES A BANK'S PAST FAILURES. THIS BILL IS SAYING DON'T PAY ATTENTION NO MATTER HOW BAD THEY HAVE BEEN. DORNT LOOK AT THEIR PAST PERFORMANCE, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENT DECISION ABOUT CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. THE BILL'S CHANGES WOULD COST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $22 MILLION. THIS CALCULATION WAS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE CAPITAL CHANGE WOULD NOT ONLY AFFECT THE BANK'S PROBABILITY OF FAILURE, BUT ALSO THE MAGNITUDE OF LOSSES TO OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY WHICH AFFECTS LT OVERALL ECONOMY. THIS IS NOT TO DO WITH COMMUNITY BANKS. THIS IS NOT A BILL TO HAVE COMMUNITY BANKS. WHAT WE WISH WE WOULD NOT HEAR IS SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT HOW IT'S GOING TO HURT COMMUNITY BANKS. THAT IS OFTEN USED AS EXCUSE. THIS IS A BILL FOR THE 10 LARGEST BANKS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE MEGA BANKS ARE HOPING THAT CONGRESS WILL LET THEM TO DOWNPLAY AND IGNORE THE RECENT AND EXTENSIVE OPERATIONAL FAILURES. MR. DIAMOND, C.E.O. WROTE IN HIS HIS LETTER TO SHARE HOLDERS, OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL SHOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY MODIFIED, IF NOT ELIMINATED, QUOTE, UNQUOTE. LET'S THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS. MOST ADULT CONSUMERS HAVE A CREDIT SCORE. BANKS USE THOSE CREDIT SCORES TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT TO LEND TO A CONSUMER, AND IF SO, UNDER WHAT TERMS. THESE CREDIT SCORES ARE BASED ON A CONSUMER'S WHAT? A CONSUMER'S PAST PAYMENT HISTORY BECAUSE THIS INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST INDICATORS OF A PERSON'S LIKELIHOOD TO DEFAULT ON FUTURE CREDIT OBLIGATIONS. NOW WE KNOW THAT CREDIT SCORES ARE PROBLEMATIC. NO ONE, INCLUDING ME IS PROPOSING TO GET RID OF THEM BECAUSE WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT PAST PAYMENT INFORMATION IS A GOOD INDICATOR OF HOW SOMEONE WILL HANDLE CREDIT IN THE FUTURE. THIS BILL TAKES THAT PRINCIPLE AND THROWS IT OUT THE WINDOW WHEN IT COMES TO THE 10 LARGEST BANKS IN THIS COUNTRY. KEEP IN MIND, THESE SAME BANKS WILL USE A CONSUMER'S CREDIT SCORE FOR UNDERRATING MORTGAGES AND OTHER CONSUMER LOANS. BUT THE MEGA BANKS ARE ASKING THIS CONGRESS NOT TO JUDGE THEM ON THEIR PAST BEHAVIOR AS THEY JUDGE CONSUMERS. AND TO LET THEM HAVE A CLEAN SLATE MOVING FORWARD, IF THAT ISN'T A DOUBLE STANDARD, I'M NOT SURE WHAT IS. MR. SPEAKER, BANK PROOSTS REAPS AN ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH. EXENTION FOR WALL STREET C.E.O. OOMPLET HAS SHOT BACK UP TO LEVELS LAST SEEN IN 2006. AND BUSINESS LENDING IS UP 75%. ALL THIS HAPPENED WHILE U.S. BANKS ADDED MORE THAN $700 BILLION IN CAPITAL. THERE IS A SIMPLE REASON FOR THIS. HEALTHY BANKS LEND. U.S. BANKS LEND SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN THEIR EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS BECAUSE THEY BOOSTED CAPITAL LEVELS WHILE THE EUROPEAN BANKS DID NOT. DESPITE REPUBLICANS' CHICKEN LITTLE ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT AND RELATED REGULATORY REFORM. BANKS ARE MAKING MORE MONEY AND LENDING MORE THAN EVER BUT APPARENTLY THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. SO I'M HERE APPEALING FOR CONGRESS TO CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THE COMMONSENSE SAFEGUARDS FOR CONSUMERS, THE BROADER ECONOMY. AND I REJECT THIS WALL STREET GIVE-AWAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS HARMFUL LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE.

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                                          • 04:08:08 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESENCHINGS.

                                          • 04:08:12 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, CHAIRMAN OF…

                                            FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND THE BILL IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 04:08:27 PM

                                            MR. LUETKEMEYER

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4296, LEGISLATION THAT…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4296, LEGISLATION THAT WILL SET REASONABLE PARAMETERS FOR FINANCIAL REGULATORS FOR ESTABLISHING RISK REQUIREMENTS SO BANKS CAN GROW THEIR LOCAL ECONOMIES. OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, BY A FOREIGN GROUP OF FOLKS THAT GET TOGETHER AND WE HAVE ACCEPTED SOME OF THEIR ADVICE, UNFORTUNATELY AND IMPLEMENTED BY THE FDIC, THE FEDERAL RESERVE. LIKE MANY CONCEPTS, THE ORGANIZATION INTENT MAY HAVE SEEMED TO BE A GOOD IDEA. BUT IT HAS BROUGHT ABOUT CONFUSION AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. THE COMMITTEE HAS REVISED ITS OPERATIONAL RISK STANDARDS ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE FIRST WAS IN THE FALL OF 2014 WHEN THE COMMITTEE FOUND THAT ITS ORIGINAL STANDARDS WERE UNDERCALIBRATED. TH SECOND CAME IN 2016 WHEN THEY SUGGESTED A REQUIREMENT TO FORCE BANKS TO LOOK BACK AND HOLD DISCOUNTS. THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO DETERMINE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? IT MEANS THAT TODAY, A BANK THAT EXITS A PARTICULAR LINE OF BUSINESS MUST STILL HOLD THE SAME AMOUNT OF CAPITAL AS A BANK THAT IS ENGAGED IN THAT BUSINESS. IT MEANS THAT A BANK THAT SPENDS MONEY TO IMPROVE RISK MANAGEMENT WILL BE SADDLED WITH THE SAME STANDARDS THAN THE BANK THAT HAS DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE RISK MANAGEMENT. THIS WOULD INSTILL COMPETENCE IN INSTALLING CLEAR GUARDRAILS. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT THE EUROPEAN REGULATORS MOVED THE GOAL POSTS SEVERAL TIMES. H.R. 4296 WOULD ENSURE THAT THE IMPOSITION OF FORWARD-LOOKING CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOCUS ON THE BANKS' CURRENT PRACTICES. THIS WOULD INCENTIVIZE TO MITIGATE RISKS CREATING SAFER BANKS AND A SAFER FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PREVENT FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS FROM INSTITUTING OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE AUTHORITY OF A REGULATOR TO ASSESS OPERATIONAL RISK NOR DEES IT REQUIRE THAT CAPITAL BE HELD AGAINST RISKIER ACTIVITIES OR BUSINESSES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT WOULD ALLOW THE REGULATORS TO REGULATE BUT PUTTING COMMON SENSE INTO THE REGULATION AND ALYING THE FLEXIBILITY OF ASSESSING RISK RATHER THAN BEING FIXED TO DO A LOOK-BACK TYPE OF RISK ANALYSIS. THIS IS A THOUGHT FALL PRAME WORK AND ALLOWING REGULATORS TO ENSURE THAT STANDARDS ARE APPROPRIATELY TAILORED. DUE TO MY BACKGROUND AS A BANKER AND REGULATOR, I'M ONE OF THE VOICES IN FAVOR OF STRONG CAPITAL STANDARDS AND AT THE SAME TIME THE STANDARDS NEED TO MAKE SENSE AND NEED TO REFLECT THE ACTUAL RISK POSED BY THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. THESE STANDARDS HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT AND REGULATORS NEED TO GET THEM RIGHT. SO THEY DON'T HAMSTRING THE ECONOMY AND LOCAL COMMUNITY. JOIN ME IN VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:11:59 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 04:12:04 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, A MEMBER OF THE…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. BEATTY, AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                          • 04:12:15 PM

                                            MRS. BEATTY

                                            THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS, FOR YIELDING ME…

                                            THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS, FOR YIELDING ME TIME, BUT ALSO FOR YOUR STEADFAST LEADERSHIP IN OPPOSING THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT AND MANY OF THE PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THE BILL, INCLUDING THE ONE THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING ON THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE OLD MAXIM, THOSE WHO DO NOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPITE. THIS BILL WOULD EFFECTIVELY BLINDFOLD OUR REGULATORS WHEN CALCULATING OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL AT OUR LARGEST INSTITUTIONS, WORTH REPEATING AGAIN. NOT OUR COMMUNITY BANKS BUT OUR LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BY PRECLUDING THEM FROM LOOKING AT AN INSTITUTION'S HISTORIC LOSSES AS AN INDICATOR OF POSSIBLE FUTURE LOSSES. NOW, EARLIER, THE RANKING MEMBER INJECTED AN EXAMPLE OF ASKING ABOUT OUR CREDIT SCORES. SO I THINK IT'S WORTH REPEATING OR ELABORATING. IMAGINE IF I GO TO A BANK FOR A MORTGAGE LOAN AND ASK ME FOR MY CREDIT SCORE AND I TOLD THEM THEY COULDN'T LOOK AT MY PAST FINANCIAL BEHAVIOR IN ORDER TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE ME THE LOAN. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT COMMON SENSE FOR GOOD REGULATION, WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL WOULD EFFECTIVELY DO JUST THAT TO OUR REGULATORS. INSTEAD OF A CREDIT SCORE WHICH DETERMINES CREDIT WORTHYNESS, OPERATIONAL RISK DETERMINES THE RISK OF LOSS RESULTING FROM INADEQUATE OR FAILED INTERNAL PROCESSES, PEOPLE AND SYSTEMS. I WOULD TELL OUR REGULATORS, WHEN DETERMINING THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CAPITAL, A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION NEEDS TO HOLD AGAINST OPERATIONAL RISK, YOU CANNOT LOOK AT AN INSTITUTION'S PAST LOSSES ESPECIALLY IF THEY GOT OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THIS IS COMMON SENSE. WHETHER YOU ARE A BANKER OR A REGULATOR, YOU CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T BLIND FOLD OUR REGULATORS. SO I OPPOSE THIS BILL, WHICH WOULD REDUCE CAPITAL AT OUR COUNTRY'S LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND BLINDFOLD OUR REGULATORS TO SAFEGUARD THE ABILITY OF OUR ECONOMY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:14:59 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                          • 04:15:05 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            TEXAS.

                                          • 04:15:44 PM

                                            . MR. STIVERS

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES IMPORTANT…

                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES IMPORTANT CORRECTIONS IN THE BANK OPERATION REQUIREMENTS. IT WOULD DO SO IN A FORWARD-LOOKING MANNER. CURRENTLY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO HOLD RISK-BASED CAPITAL EVEN FOR DISCONTINUED ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTS. ACCOUNTING AND THE CAPITAL MARKETS OFTEN USE THE CONCEPT OF PRO FORMA FINANCIALS WHICH MEANS YOU CONSIDER THE ONGOING OPERATIONS OR THE WAY THAT IT WOULD LOOK IF IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS TODAY GOING FORWARD. THIS BILL WOULD INSTITUTE THAT SAME APPROACH FOR REGULATORS TO USE PRO FORMA OPERATIONAL RISK SO THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO CONTINUE TO CHARGE A CAPITAL CHARGE ON OPERATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED. I THINK THE CHAIRMAN MADE A GREAT COMMENT ABOUT YOU DON'T BUY HOME INSURANCE ON A HOME YOU ALREADY SOLD. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LUETKEMEYER, DURING MARKUP OF THIS BILL TALKED ABOUT HOW THE BASEL COMMITTEE HAS REVISED THE SPECIFIC CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS SEVERAL TIMES BUT IT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. THIS LEGISLATION IS JUST A COMMONSENSE CHANGE TO MAKE SURE THAT BANKS ARE NOT CHARGED CAPITAL CHARGES AGAINST THINGS THAT THEY AREN'T DOING ANYMORE. THIS APPROACH WILL FREE UP CAPITAL THAT IS NEEDLESSLY ON THE SIDELINES AND PUT IT BACK IN REACH OF AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 4296, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                          • 04:17:29 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 04:17:34 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            WOULD YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. SHE HAS RAISED A…

                                            WOULD YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO. SHE HAS RAISED A QUESTION ABOUT THE ANALOGIES THAT THE CHAIRMAN MADE. THOSE ANALOGIES SEEM TO ESCAPE ORDINARY LOGIC, AND SO I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY ANOTHER TWO MINUTES.

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                                          • 04:17:54 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                          • 04:17:56 PM

                                            MRS. BEATTY

                                            THANKS TO THE RANKING MEMBER. MAYBE I SHOULD RIGHT THAT WRONG ANALOGY, MR.…

                                            THANKS TO THE RANKING MEMBER. MAYBE I SHOULD RIGHT THAT WRONG ANALOGY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THOUGHT. MAYBE IF I TAKE HIS ANALOGY THAT IT'S NOT BASED ON THE HOUSE I SOLD BUT BASED ON THE HOUSE I'M LIVING IN. WELL, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? IF I WENT TO THE BANK AND WANT TO PUT MY HOUSE UP FOR COLLATERAL BUT HADN'T PAID THE PAYMENT ON IT IN FOUR MONTHS AND IT WAS GETTING READY TO BE FORECLOSED ON, I THINK THEY WOULD WANT TO KNOW THAT. AND THAT WOULD BE MAYBE A BETTER ANALOGY ON IT BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THIS, YOU CANNOT NOT BE ABLE TO LET THE REGULATORS FOR OUR LARGER BANKS TO PUT US AT RISK. WHAT WE KNOW ALSO HAPPENED IN 2008. SO THAT WAS THE POINT I WAS MAKING. SO LET'S SAY THE ANALOGIES DON'T WORK SO WE DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK AND FORTH. LET ME SAY I WILL BE VOTING NO ON THIS BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BLINDFOLD OR TIE THE HANDS OF REGULATORS BEING ABLE TO DO THEIR JOBS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:19:03 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          • 04:19:08 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS.

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                                          • 04:19:15 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                          • 04:19:18 PM

                                            MR. HULTGREN

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR ALL…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR ALL OF THIS WORK MOVING THIS IMPORTANT REGULATE REFORM THROUGH. I SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4296 TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS ESTABLISHED BY AN APPROPRIATE FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY. THIS BILL IS ONE OF MANY THAT ARE BEING REPORTED BY THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WANT TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN LUETKEMEYER, CONGRESSMAN MEEKS FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO GET A VERY STRONG VOTE FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I HOPE THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS LEGISLATION ACKNOWLEDGES WE CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE REGULATE FRAMEWORK THAT'S BEEN IMPLEMENTED OR IS STILL PENDING IN RESPONSE TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. MY CONSTITUENTS AND I ARE VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE LAST YEAR, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULDN'T TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS TO ENSURE WE HAVE AN EFFICIENT REGULATE SYSTEM. FOR EXAMPLE, THE FED IS LIKELY GOING TO CONTINUE TIGHTENING RATES AND I AM NOT SURE CONGRESS WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE PRO GROWTH FISCAL POLICY THAT WE'VE SEEN AS OF LATE. ONE OF OUR OTHER TOOLS FOR AFFECTING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY IS A PRO GROWTH BUT SENSIBLE REGULATE REGIME THAT PERMITS FOR INVESTMENT, JOB CREATION AND FINANCIAL SECURITY. H.R. 4296 WILL ENSURE OUR BANKING REGULATORS INSTITUTE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL STANDARDS THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THE U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT OPERATIONAL RISK-BASED CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE BANKS', ORGANIZATIONS' CURRENT BUSINESSES. THIS SEEMS LOGICAL. BUT IT'S BASED ON HISTORICAL PERFORMANCES AND DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR ADJUSTMENTS BASED ON CHANGES MADE BY A BANKING ORGANIZATION. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, A BANKING ORGANIZATION MIGHT SUFFER FROM A CYBERATTACK THAT RESULTS IN LOSSES FOR THE ORGANIZATION. IN FACT, CYBERATTACKS AND DATA BREACHES ARE TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LARGEST CATEGORIES OF OPERATIONAL RISK. IN RESPONSE, THIS BANKING ORGANIZATION COULD CHOOSE TO OVERHAUL ITS ABILITY TO DETECT AND RESPOND TO SUCH INCIDENTS. SHOULDN'T OUR CAPITAL FRAMEWORK REFLECT THAT WORK? OR SHOULDN'T THE BANKING ORGANIZATION CONTINUE -- OR SHOULD THE BANKING ORGANIZATION CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM A PUNITIVE FRAMEWORK THAT DISINCENTIVIZED PROACTIVELY ADDRESSING OPERATIONAL RISK? I FOR ONE AM SUPPORTIVE OF POLICIES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT BY BANKING ORGANIZATIONS TO ADDRESS REPUTATIONAL RISKS SUCH AS THOSE THAT MIGHT POSE A RISK FOR A DATA BREACH. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I WOULD ENCOURAGE OUR FINANCIAL SECTOR TO PROACTIVELY ADDRESS OPERATIONAL RISKS AND WILL ALSO FREE UP CAPITAL TO PERMIT FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:21:58 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 04:22:03 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE…

                                            TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, MS. GABBARD, SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                          • 04:22:16 PM

                                            MS. GABBARD

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER WATERS FOR…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER WATERS FOR OPPOSING THIS BILL AND STANDING FOR THE PROTECTIONS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. WE CAN'T FORGET THAT IT WAS ONLY 10 YEARS AGO THAT MILLIONS OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES WATCHED THEIR LIFE SAVINGS ENTIRELY WIPED OUT. THEY LOST THEIR HOMES. THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE. AND ALL OF THIS HEARTACHE, THIS PAIN, THIS SUFFERING THEY WENT THROUGH WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF RISKY PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES AND TOO-BIG-TOO-FAIL BANKS THAT DIDN'T HAVE SUFFICIENT CAPITAL IN PLACE TO SUPPORT AND ABSORB THEIR FINANCIAL LOSSES. IT WAS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS FINANCIAL DISASTER IN 2008 THAT CONGRESS PASSED PROTECTIONS TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. BUT HERE WE ARE TODAY WHERE THESE BIG BANKS NOW BELIEVE WE SHOULD SIMPLY FORGET THE PAST MISTAKES THAT THEY MADE AND INSTEAD ONLY EVALUATE THEIR CURRENT ACTIVITIES TO DETERMINE CERTAIN CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. I GUARANTEE YOU THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED HAVE NOT SIMPLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH AND WHAT THEY ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO OVERCOME AND RECOVER FROM. BY IGNORING CRITICAL INDICATORS OF PAST ACTIVITIES, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW BIG BANKS, LIKE WELLS FARGO, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO DEFRAUDED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST WITHIN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS BY OPENING OF MILLIONS OF FAKE ACCOUNTS TO GET AWAY WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SET UP TO TAKE THE FALL FOR THEIR ACTIONS. NOW, SUPPORTERS OF THIS BILL CLAIM CURRENT CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS STIFLE LENDING AND HURT OUR BANKS AND THE ECONOMY, BUT THE FACTS SAY OTHERWISE. IN 2016, BANK PROFITS REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH, AND TODAY BUSINESS LENDING IS UP 75% SINCE 2010. OUR COUNTRY'S BANKS ADDED MORE THAN $700 BILLION IN CAPITAL TO ABSORB POTENTIAL LOSSES AND PROTECT AMERICANS AND OUR ECONOMY FROM FINANCIAL DISASTER. HIGHER CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS DON'T RESTRICT LENDING. THEY SIMPLY ENSURE BIG BANKS THAT ARE EVEN BIGGER TODAY THAN THEY WERE IN 2008 CAN ABSORB THEIR LOSSES WITHOUT DEPENDING ON TAXPAYERS FOR A BAILOUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, NOT ONE THAT BETS AGAINST THEM TO BOOST WALL STREET PROFITS. WE NEED TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES THESE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS OF BANKS WITH ASSETS GREATER THAN $50 BILLION AND CONTINUE TO ENACT AND STRENGTHEN REFORMS THAT WILL PROTECT OUR ECONOMY AND AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM ANOTHER MASSIVE COLLAPSE. THAT'S WHY I'M STRONGLY URGING OUR COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS DANGEROUS BILL AND INSTEAD WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS EFFORTS THAT -- TO BUILD A FINANCIAL SYSTEM THAT SERVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS OR WALL STREET BANKS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:25:02 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          • 04:25:06 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO POINT OUT TO MY FRIENDS ON…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO POINT OUT TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THERE ARE OVER 20 DIFFERENT CAPITAL LEVELS THAT ARE ALREADY APPLIED TO OUR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE TOTAL LOSS ABSORBING CAPITAL, THE TILAC. I'D ALSO POINT OUT IF MY FRIENDS ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT CAPITAL LEVELS, MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE SUPPORTED THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT WHICH IS A TRADEOFF BETWEEN GREATER LEVELS OF CAPITAL AND WASHINGTON MICROMANAGEMENT OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, CHAIRMAN POWELL OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE APPEARED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE THIS MORNING SAYING SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS CONSIDERATIONS ALLOW THE FED FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES IMPOSE ANY CAPITAL LEVEL THEY WANT TO ON BANKING INSTITUTIONS, THUS UNDERCUTTING ALL THE ARGUMENTS WE HEARD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I AM NOW PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCE, MR. PITTENGER.

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                                          • 04:26:06 PM

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                                          • 04:26:09 PM

                                            MR. PITTENGER

                                            I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LUETKEMEYER, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS…

                                            I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LUETKEMEYER, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, THE BASEL COMMITTEE EXPANDED REGULATIONS ON OPERATIONAL RISK REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE MANY OF THE IMPLEMENTED REGULATIONS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES WERE BROUGHT ABOUT. THE COMPLEXITY AND NATURE OF THE CURRENT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS HAVE GREATLY DIMINISHED THE AVAILABILITY OF CREDIT FOR CONSUMERS, RESULTING IN INCREASED COSTS AND PRICES FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS, H.R. 4296 LIMITS THE BURDEN OF OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS TO A BANK'S CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESSES AND PERMITS ADJUSTMENTS TO LESSEN OPERATIONAL RISK. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT BANKS ARE HOLDING INCREASED CAPITAL MORE EFFICIENTLY AND WILL EXPAND THE CREDIT MARKET TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. LET ME BE CLEAR -- THIS BILL DOES NOT ELIMINATE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS BUT ENSURES REQUIREMENTS ARE FORWARD LOOKING AND TAILORED TO A BANK'S CURRENT FINANCIAL RISK PROFILE. AS A KEY PROVISION OF THE CHOICE ACT, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE IN JUNE, I WANT TO THANK MR. LUETKEMEYER FOR HIS PERSISTENCE AND CONTINUED LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 04:27:42 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 04:27:48 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN ADDITION TO THE CONCERNS I HAVE…

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IN ADDITION TO THE CONCERNS I HAVE RAISED WITH THIS BILL, I ALSO WANT TO MENTION A CHANGE TO H.R. 4296 MADE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE JUST LAST NIGHT BECAUSE H.R. 4296 MAKES THE 10 LARGEST BANKS MORE LIKELY TO FAIL THAN NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE DETERMINED THERE WAS A HIGHER LIKELIHOOD THAT TAXPAYER FUNDS WOULD BE USED TO WIND DOWN A MEGABANK. TO OFFSET THESE COSTS, REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN FUNDS FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE SURPLUS ACCOUNT. SO WHAT IS THE FED'S CAPITAL SURPLUS ACCOUNT? EFFECTIVELY IT'S A RAINY DAY FUND INTENDED TO ENSURE ADEQUATE CAPITAL IS AVAILABLE TO ABSORB POSSIBLE LOSSES. SEVERAL STAKEHOLDERS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS THAT BY REDUCING THE FED'S SURPLUS ACCOUNT, CONGRESS COULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S INDEPENDENT AND MONETARY POLICY DECISIONMAKING BY RENDERING IT DEPENDENT ON TREASURY FOR RECAPITALIZATION IN THE EVENT THAT TOTAL RESERVE BANK CAPITAL IS DEPLETED. PUT SIMPLY, THIS BILL NOT ONLY MAKES THE 10 LARGEST BANKS MORE LIKELY TO FAIL BUT IT ALSO MAKES IT MORE LIKELY THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE WILL BE UNABLE TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM GOING FORWARD. I'D LIKE TO ALSO MENTION THAT IN A LETTER OPPOSING THIS BILL, THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS HIGHLIGHTED, AGAIN, SEVERAL BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS WE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND AS WE DEBATE THIS BILL. AND OF COURSE I HAVE EITHER MENTIONED OR ELUDED TO IT BUT IT'S IMPORTANT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS IS VERY CONCERNED AND THE C.B.O., THEY QUOTE, ALSO PROJECTS THAT H.R. 4296 WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT DUE TO AN INCREASE IN EXPECTED LOSSES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEMMING FROM AN INCREASE IN THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS. THE BILL WOULD PAY FOR THESE COSTS BY LOWERING THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM'S SURPLUS FUNDS, ONCE AGAIN, TREATING THE FED LIKE A PIGGY BANK AND SHIFTING PRIVATELY GENERATED TO THE PUBLIC, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. AND SO WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                          • 04:30:29 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, A…

                                            I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, A HARDWORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 04:30:40 PM

                                            MR. ZELDIN

                                            THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN AND RECOGNIZING ME TO BE ABLE TO RISE IN STRONG…

                                            THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN AND RECOGNIZING ME TO BE ABLE TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCING SHAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN LUETKEMEYER AND CONGRESSMAN MEEKS. LIKE SO MANY REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY THE 2010 DODD-FRANK LAW, THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS PLACE A ONE SIZE FITS ALL SOLUTION ON BANKS REGARDLESS OF THEIR CAPITALIZATION. THEIR VARIOUS LINES OF BUSINESS AND THE CUSTOMERS THEY SERVE. THE CURRENT STANDARD REQUIRES BANKS TO LOOK BACK AND HOLD OPERATIONAL RISK. IN PLAIN ENGLISH, THIS IS TO HEDGE AGAINST THE RISK OF A PRODUCT DISCONTINUED YEARS AGO. THIS IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO DETERMINE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS OR IN THE REAL RISK THESE STANDARDS ARE MEANT TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM. THIS IS HURTING CONSUMERS. BY MAKING CREDIT LESS AVAILABLE IN THE MARKETPLACE AND IT HURTS THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED HOMETOWN BANKS THAT OUR COMMUNITIES RELY. MY CONSTITUENTS ON LONG ISLAND, AND HARD-WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES, THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE MISGUIDED REGULATIONS ARE MORE COSTLY LOANS AND LESS AVAILABLE MORTGAGES. THESE ARE THE FINANCIAL PRODUCTS THAT HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HELP EXPAND OR HIRE OR HELP FAMILIES BUY A HOME. THIS REFORMS OPERATIONAL RISK REQUIREMENTS SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON A BANK'S ACTIVITIES AND LINE OF BUSINESS. THIS LEGISLATION KEEPS SOUND STANDARDS IN PLACE SO BANKS MUST AVOID RISKY BEHAVIOR BY FREEING UP NEEDING CAPITAL SO IT CAN BE LENT TO CONSUMERS AND NOT BE IN A MISGUIDED GOVERNMENT MANDATE. BY ENSURING THE CAPITAL STANDARDS ARE TRANSPARENT, FAIR AND THIS BIPARTISAN REMOVES A ROAD BLOCK AND ALLOCATED TO CONSUMERS, HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES. I WANT TO AGAIN APPLAUD THE BIPARTISAN TEAM WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR ALL OF HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHERS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:33:14 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 04:33:21 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            EARLY IN MY STATEMENT I WARNED THERE WOULD BE SOMEONE WHO WOULD COME ON…

                                            EARLY IN MY STATEMENT I WARNED THERE WOULD BE SOMEONE WHO WOULD COME ON THE FLOOR AND CLAIM THAT IT WAS GOING TO HURT COMMUNITY BANKS, SMALL-TOWN BANKS AND THIS BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMUNITY BANKS OR SMALL-TOWN BANKS. THIS IS ABOUT MEGA BANKS. THIS IS ABOUT SIFI AND THE BANKS THAT CAN CAUSE HARM IN THE WHOLE SYSTEM. THIS IS ABOUT THOSE BANKS THAT WE MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE DISPLACEMENT THAT THEY CAN CAUSE NOT ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT INTERNATIONALLY. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, I JUST REMIND YOU AGAIN, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMUNITY BANKS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SMALL-TOWN BANKS, BUT JUST THE BIG BANKS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPORTANT BANKS. SO I RESERVE.

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                                          • 04:34:23 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

                                          • 04:34:26 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.…

                                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON, A VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                                          • 04:34:36 PM

                                            MR. DAVIDSON

                                            I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 4296 AND FOR THE BIPARTISAN WORK…

                                            I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 4296 AND FOR THE BIPARTISAN WORK OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE WORK OUR CHAIRMAN HAS HELPED LEAD AND I'M ENCOURAGED THAT THIS BILL WILL ESTABLISH CLEAR GUARDRAILS FOR CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS AND IMPROVE CAPITAL FRAMEWORK AS A WHOLE. THIS LEGISLATION IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ENSURING REGULATORS WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE U.S. ECONOMY RATHER THAN ABIDING BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS THAT HOLD AMERICAN BUSINESSES BACK RATHER THAN MOVE THEM FORWARD. THE VERY PREMISE OF THIS LEGISLATION REMINDS ME OF A SONG. I REMEMBER WHEN BILL CLINTON WAS RUNNING, HE HAD A SONG "DON'T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW." . THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S IN PLACE TODAY ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMITTEE IN 2006 IS THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW. THINKING ABOUT YESTERDAY. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST IS CONSTRAINING WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. SO BANKS ARE RESERVING AGAINST PAST LOSSES IN AN ERA THAT HOLDS THEM FROM BEING ABLE TO ADOPT THE BUSINESS PLANS THAT MAYBE EVEN UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP, NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND A WHOLE NEW SET OF GOVERNANCE REQUIREMENTS THAT WILL GET THE COMPANY MOVING FORWARD AT A BETTER GROWTH RATE. THIS IS BETTER FOR FOR NOT JUST THE COMPANY, THE EXECUTIVES OR THE BOARD MEMBERS, BUT THE CONSUMERS THAT WOULD BE SERVED BY THIS MARKET. TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, HISTORIC LOSSES BEING RESERVED AGAINST, THAT CAPITAL IS SITTING THERE NOT ACTIVELY EMPLOYED IN THE MARKET. EVEN THE COMMITTEE SAW HOW RIDICULOUS THIS RULE IS. SO THEY UPDATED THEIR GUIDANCE IN 2016 TO INCLUDE THIS AS AN INDICATOR INSTEAD OF THE SOLE FACTOR. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY AND HELP AMERICAN BUSINESSES INSTEAD OF HOLDING THEM BACK. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 04:36:47 PM

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                          • 04:36:55 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            I RESERVE.

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                          • 04:36:59 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS.…

                                            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, A HARD-WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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                                          • 04:37:10 PM

                                            MS. TENNEY

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND TREMENDOUS AND STRONG LEADERSHIP ON OUR COMMITTEE. H.R. 4296 WOULD SET REASONABLE STANDARDS FOR REGULATORS THAT ARE BASED ON THE RISK POSED BY BANKING AUTHORITIES. OPERATIONAL RISK STANDARDS WERE CREATED IN THE PRODUCT OF THE COMMITTEE AND BEEN AMENDED TWICE BUT THE ADOPTION DOESN'T HIT THE MARK. THAT'S WHY THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROPOSAL IS WELL INTENTIONED, THIS BILL AND PROPOSAL WOULD AMEND IT TO GO TO THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR BANKS. THE CURRENT FRAMEWORK IS BASED ON THAT PAST ACTIVITY AND WILL HOLD OPERATIONAL CAPITAL OR DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS. THIS BILL WILL CORRECT THOSE ERRORS BY ALLOWING OUR REGULATORS TO HAVE THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS THEY NEED. H.R. 4296 LIMITS THE BURDEN OF OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS TO CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND GIVES THE BANK TO DETERMINE RISK UNDER FORWARD-LOOKING ASSESSMENT AND THIS BILL AS YOU HAVE HEARD DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE FEDERAL'S GOVERNMENT TO ASSESS OPERATIONAL RISK OR ALTER THE REGULATORS' AUTHORITY TO SET REQUIREMENTS WHEN DOING BUSINESS ON HIGH-RISK CUSTOMERS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE A COMMON SENSE REFORM TO THE STANDARDS AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND I SAY THANK YOU TO CONGRESSMAN MEEKS, A FELLOW NEW YORKER FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MR. LUETKEMEYER FOR HIS HARD AND ON THIS BILL FOR A PERSON WHO IS A BANKER, A BUSINESS PERSON FROM A RURAL AREA OF OUR COUNTRY WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE NEED TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:39:19 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROMER TEXAS…

                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROMER TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                          • 04:39:25 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

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                                            9 1/2 MINUTES REMINIMUMMING. I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE WHETHER OR NOT HE HAS…

                                            9 1/2 MINUTES REMINIMUMMING. I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE WHETHER OR NOT HE HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS?

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                                          • 04:39:42 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            WE MAY HAVE ONE ON THE WAY. OTHERWISE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

                                          • 04:39:47 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            I RESERVE.

                                          • 04:39:49 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RESERVING.

                                          • 04:39:58 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                          • 04:39:59 PM

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                                            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                          • 04:40:02 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I CERTAINLY HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I…

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I CERTAINLY HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. LET'S PUT ASIDE THE COMPLEX TERMINOLOGY THAT WE USE WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND CALL THIS BILL WHAT IT REALLY IS, A SHORT-SIDED GIVE-AWAY TORE 10E MEGA BANKS. THE VERY LARGEST BANKS IN OUR NATION TO HAVE TO ABIDE BY OPERATIONAL RISK STANDARDS UNDER AN ENHANCED FRAMEWORK AND REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN THIS ADDITIONAL CAPITAL, SO WHEN THEY CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN RISKY BEHAVIOR LIKE OPENING UP MILLIONS OF FAKE ACCOUNTS TO DRIVE UP PROFITS, THEY WILL NOT IMMEDIATELY BECOME INSOLVENT SPARKING A FINANCIAL CRISIS. AND MAY I JUST STOP HERE FOR A MOMENT AND SAY, IT IS ODD THAT GIVEN THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT SOME OF OUR MEGA BANKS, PARTICULARLY WELLS FARGO, WHO WAS INVOLVED NOT ONLY IN CREATING FAKE ACCOUNTS, FALSE ACCOUNTS IN THEIR CLIENTS' NAMES, BUT ALSO SELLING THEM BASICALLY INSURANCE THAT THEY DID NOT NEED. I'M WONDERING WHY MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE NOT MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS OPERATIONAL RISK THAT THEY TAKE. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OPERATIONAL RISK, INCLUDING THE FINES. THE FINES WE HAVE PLACED ON WELLS FARGO AND OTHER BANKS WHO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT COMMITTING FRAUD ON ITS CLIENTS, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THIS WOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. AND I DON'T THINK THEY ARE GOING TO STOP. WE HAVE GONE THROUGH A CRISIS. 2008, WE HAD THIS MELTDOWN AND A RECESSION, ALMOST A DEPRESSION. WE HAD TO BAIL OUT ALL OF THESE BANKS. AND YET, WE HAVE MEMBERS PARTICULARLY ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHO ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GO BACK TO SOME OF THE PRACTICES THAT WILL CAUSE US TO BE IN THE SAME SITUATION WE FOUND OURSELVES IN IN 2008. AND SO I WOULD JUST SIMPLY SAY THAT THIS ATTEMPT TO BASICALLY SAY, DON'T LOOK AT OUR PAST, NO MATTER HOW BAD WE HAVE BEEN, NO MATTER HOW MANY FINES HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THEM, FORGET ABOUT THEM, WE DON'T LIKE THAT. AND SO, IN SAYING THAT, WHAT THEY'RE BASICALLY SAYING IS, THEY ARE GOING TO CREATE MORE RISK AND THEY ARE GOING TO PUT BANKS IN THE POSITION OF POSSIBLY FAILING. AND SO THAT, I WOULD JUST LIKE US NOT TO FORGET THAT OUR CURRENT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL STANDARDS DIDN'T COME OUT OF NOWHERE. THEY ARE STILL RECOVERING AGAIN FROM 2007, 2009 FINANCIAL CRISIS, WHICH WAS LARGELY CAUSED BY UNSAFE PRACTICES BY LARGE INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE MEGA BANKS AND INADEQUATE REGULATION THAT IGNORED PAST CONDUCT AND RISKY ACTIVITIES. THE CRISIS STRIPPED WEALTH FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. SINCE WE PASSED THE DODD-FRANK ACT AND THE REGULATORS IMPLEMENTED STANDARDS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE, INCLUDING OUR OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL RULES, WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS TO CREATE A MORE STABLE BANKING SYSTEM. AND THIS HAS BEEN THE RESULT. MEGA BANKS HAVE EXPERIENCED RECORD-BREAKING PROFITS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND NOW THEY EXPECT US TO BELIEVE THAT THESE COMMONSENSE RULES THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THEIR PREVIOUS BEHAVIOR OF WHAT'S KEEPING THEM OF PROVIDING MORE AFFORDABLE CREDIT TO HARD-WORKING CONSUMERS IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THEY CAN MAKE LOANS TO CREDIT-WORTHY CONSUMERS WHILE FUNDING THOSE LOANS WITH CAPITAL INSTEAD OF DEBT. OPERATIONAL CAPITAL IS NOT CASH LOCKED AWAY AT NIGHT BUT THE VALUE OF ITS ASSETS. A WELL CAPITALIZED BANK THAT HAS ADEQUATE SOURCES OF FUNDING CAN ACCOMMODATE LOSSES. IN FACT, IT WOULD LEND IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD. WE SHOULD DIRECT THE REGULATORS OVERSEEING MEGA BANKS LIKE WELLS FARGO, WITH ITS YEARS OF NUMEROUS CONSUMER ABUSES, TO IGNORE THESE PAST FAILURES AND PUT OUR CONSTITUENTS AT RISK. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE AISLE ARE RUSHING THROUGH DEREGULATORY MEASURES TO HELP THEIR FRIENDS ON WALL STREET. THE CONGRESS MUST NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS HARD-WORKING CONSUMERS WHO PAID DEARLY FOR WALL STREET'S HE FAULT. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. AND I'M PLEASED WHILE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE OF THE AISLE TALK ABOUT THIS BEING A BIPARTISAN AND MENTION MR. MEEKS' NAME, WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUSE US IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK. . HENS I YIELD TO

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                                          • 04:46:07 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. HOLLINGSWORTH.

                                          • 04:46:11 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                                          • 04:46:13 PM

                                            MR. HOLLINGSWORTH

                                            THIS BILL ADDRESSES A FUNDAMENTAL FLAW. FUNDAMENTALLY, WE WANT BANKS TO…

                                            THIS BILL ADDRESSES A FUNDAMENTAL FLAW. FUNDAMENTALLY, WE WANT BANKS TO HOLD CAPITAL NECESSARY FOR THE RISKS THEY ARE TAKING TODAY AND THE LIKELY RISKS THEY MAY OCCUR LOSSES INTO THE FUTURE. AND BY PURELY LOOKING BACKWARDS, WE'RE DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM DRIVING BY LOOKING IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR ONLY, AND THAT IS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE BY ONLY LOOKING AT PAST RISKS INSTEAD OF THE RISKS THEY HAVE TODAY. IF WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE INSTITUTIONS TO BECOME LESS RISKY, THEN WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CAPITAL BUFFER IF THEY ARE DOING LESS RISKY ACTIVITIES. THIS IS BASICALLY INCENTIVIZING THE RIGHT BEHAVIOR. IF WE CONTINUE TO SAY TO INSTITUTIONS, YOU WILL BE PENALIZED BY THE PAST, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE LESS RISK YOU MAY TAKE IN THE FUTURE, THEN WE ARE PROVIDING THEM NO INCENTIVE TO BECOME LESS RISKY. I THINK THE LESSON AFTER 2008 IS MAKING SURE WE ALLOW THE FREE MARKETS AND WE ALLOW INSTITUTIONS TO ACT WITH THE RIGHT INCENTIVES, NOT THE WRONG INCENTIVES, AND WE WANT THEM TO BECOME LESS RISKY OVER TIME BY THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND BY THEIR OWN ELECTIONS. AND THIS DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE BASIC OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL THEY MUST MAINTAIN EXCEPT IT SAYS IT SHOULD MATCH WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY AND THE ACTIVITIES THEY WILL BE ENGAGED ON IN THE FUTURE. I DO THINK THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. I DO THINK THIS IS A THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE TO A GENUINE PROBLEM I HEAR ABOUT BACK HOME IN INDIANA FREQUENTLY. I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT H.R. 4296 AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 04:47:55 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                          • 04:47:58 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

                                          • 04:48:03 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN HAS 5 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

                                          • 04:48:06 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

                                          • 04:48:08 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 04:48:10 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PERHAPS TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING US ON…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PERHAPS TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING US ON C-SPAN AT THE MOMENT, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF CLARITY TO WHAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE. AND WHAT WE ARE DEBATING IS WHAT IS THE PROPER CAPITAL LEVEL FOR A FEDERALLY INSURED FINANCIAL INSTITUTION? AND WE KNOW IF THAT CAPITAL LEVEL IS SET TOO LOW, THEN PERHAPS THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION COULD FAIL. IF IT IS SET TOO HIGH, THEN THEY WILL NOT HAVE THE CAPITAL TO HELP FUND THE AMERICAN DREAM -- CAR LOANS, HOME LOANS, SMALL BUSINESS LOANS. SO WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT A VERY SIMPLE BILL THAT HELPS CLARIFY, ONE, ONE OF PERHAPS TWO DOZEN DIFFERENT CAPITAL LEVELS THAT ARE ALREADY APPLICABLE TO OUR BANKING INSTITUTIONS, THE TOTAL LOSS ABSORBING CAPITAL, THE ENHANCED SUPPLEMENTARY COVERAGE RATIO, THE SURCHARGE AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, ONE CAPITAL LEVEL, THE OPERATIONAL CAPITAL, OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL. SO, NUMBER ONE, THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF DIFFERENT CAPITAL LEVELS AND LIQUIDITY LEVELS THAT ARE ALREADY APPLIED TO OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS IF WE ARE MEASURING OPERATIONAL RISK WE SHOULD FOCUS ON CURRENT RISK. IF IN DOUBT, MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS RECOMMEND THAT MEMBERS ACTUALLY READ THE BILLS THAT ARE BEING DEBATED. IT IS AN ALWAYS HELPFUL EXERCISE. AND IF YOU WOULD ACTUALLY READ THE BILL, YOU WOULD DISCOVER IN SECTION 1, THE BILL -- MR. LUETKEMEYER'S BILL SAID OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL IS BASED PRIMARILY ON THE RISK POSED BY BANKING ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESS. IF YOU LOOK AT SUBPARAGRAPH A, IT'S NOT BASED ON HISTORIC LOSSES. SO IT NOT PROHIBITED TO LOOK AT A HISTORIC LOSS, BUT PRIMARILY WE MUST BE FOCUSED ON THE CURRENT OPERATIONAL RISK. AS I USED EARLIER IN THE DEBATE ANALOGY, WHO WOULD WANT THEIR LIFE INSURANCE PREMIUMS BASED ON THE FACT AT AN EARLIER POINT IN THEIR LIFE THEY WERE A SKYDIVER OR A SCUBA DIVER AND NOW TODAY THEY'RE FACING LIFE AS AN ACCOUNTANT? OK. THOSE ARE DIFFERENT RISK PROFILES. IF YOU BUILD A HOME FOUR FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL YET YOU SELL THAT HOME, I DOUBT YOU WANT YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS BASED ON THE HOME THAT YOU ALREADY SOLD. IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND AS I ALSO SAID EARLIER IN THIS DEBATE, WHEN IT COMES TO PROPER LEVELS OF CAPITAL, AS FEDERAL -- FED CHAIR POWELL STATED EARLIER TODAY BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS CONSIDERATIONS TRUMP ALL. THEY HAVE THE POWER TO ADJUST THE CAPITAL LEVELS, THE REGULATORS. NOW, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, OR THIS FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALK ABOUT, OH, MY GOD, THIS IS A HUGE RISK TO THE ECONOMY. IT'S $22 MILLION. NOW, THAT'S REAL MONEY. WE KNOW THAT'S NOT AROUND HERE. $22 MILLION OVER THE 10-YEAR WINDOW. OTHER APPROXIMATELY $2 MILLION RISK AND FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT THEY SAY THAT IT IS A SMALL, SMALL CHANCE THAT THE FDIC WOULD INCUR ADDITIONAL COST. SO THIS IS NOT IN CREATING MORE RISK TO THE SYSTEM. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS CALIBRATE THE APPROPRIATE RISK. IF WE'RE GOING TO MEASURE OPERATIONAL RISK AS OPPOSED TO THE OTHER 20-SOME-ODD CAPITAL LEVELS, WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSED ON CURRENT RISK BECAUSE IF WE'RE NOT, MR. SPEAKER, HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE LOSING CURRENT, CURRENT CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES IN ORDER TO PAY FOR PAST OPERATIONAL RISK. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT FAIR, AND THAT'S NOT SMART. WE OUGHT TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE PROPER CAPITAL LEVEL, NOT ONLY TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SAFE AND SOUND FINANCIAL SYSTEM, BUT TO MAKE SURE, TO MAKE SURE WE ARE CAPITALIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS WHO LIVE IN PLACES LIKE MINNEOLA AND LIKE FORNEY WHO ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO FUND THEIR AMERICAN DREAM AND PUT THAT DOWN PAYMENT ON A FIRST HOUSE, WE GOT TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE ABLE, AND SO MANY AMERICANS ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. THEY NEED THESE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S CALIBRATE ONE CAPITAL RATIO PROPERLY. LET'S ADD A LITTLE COMMON SENSE AND LET'S NOT ALLOW THE GOOD PEOPLE IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND, AS GOOD AS THEY MAY BE DE FACTO IMPOSE WHAT'S AN IRRATIONAL CAPITAL SYSTEM ON OUR BANKING SYSTEM AS WE'RE TRYING TO HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OUR FAMILIES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD BACK AND SAY THAT I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 4296, A STRONG BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 04:53:49 PM

                                            The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                            • 04:53:52 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, THE…

                                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 747, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                            • 04:54:09 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              A BILL TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR…

                                              A BILL TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS ESTABLISHED BY AN APPROPRIATE FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY.

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                                            • 04:54:17 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 04:54:20 PM

                                              MS. WATERS

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                            • 04:54:22 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                                          • 04:54:23 PM

                                            Ms. Waters, Maxine moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.

                                            • 04:54:25 PM

                                              MS. WATERS

                                              I'M OPPOSED TO THE BILL. IN ITS CURRENT FORM I AM.

                                            • 04:54:32 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                                            • 04:54:37 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              MS. MAXINE WATERS OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO…

                                              MS. MAXINE WATERS OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. IN SECTION 1 --

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                                        • 04:54:46 PM

                                          DEBATE

                                          The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waters(CA) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add an exemption to the underlying bill for any global systematically important bank holding company or subsidiary that has engaged in a pattern or practice of unsafe or unsound banking practices related to consumer harm.

                                          • 04:54:49 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE BILL.

                                          • 04:54:53 PM

                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                            GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

                                            GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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                                          • 04:55:00 PM

                                            MS. WATERS

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL…

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE, AS AMENDED. WE HAVE TALKED AT LENGTH TODAY ABOUT HOW H.R. 4296 IS A BILL FOR WALL STREET MEGABANKS, AND I DEEPLY DISAGREE WITH THE BILL'S APPROACH. SO I OFFER THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, NOT IN A MANNER THAT SENDS THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE AND KILLS THE BILL, BUT RATHER TO ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE THE BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE VOTES ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE MEASURE. LET'S DISCUSS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. WE ALL KNOW MEGABANKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A FREE RIDE IN WASHINGTON FOR FAR TOO LONG. DURING THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISIS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO PROBLEM THROWING BANKERS IN JAIL, BREAKING THE LAW. OVER 1,000 BANK EXECUTIVES WERE PROSECUTED, BUT NOW MEGABANKS JUST GET A FINE, A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR HARMING CONSUMERS. SINCE 2010, MEGABANKS HAVE RACKED UP OVER $160 BILLION WORTH IN FINES. AND YET, THEY KEEP BREAKING THE LAW. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT WELLS FARGO'S GROWING LIST OF ILLEGAL ACTIONS THAT HAVE HARMED MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS. SURE, THEY HAVE BEEN FIND, BUT THESE FINES ARE JUST -- FINED, BUT THESE FINES ARE JUST THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS. THIS SOFT ENFORCEMENT APPROACH IS JUST INCREASING THEIR OPERATIONAL RISK AND LOSSES, WHICH AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL IMPACT NOT ONLY ALL OF THEIR CUSTOMERS BUT THE BROADER ECONOMY AS WELL. I HOPE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN ALL AGREE THAT ANY MEGABANK THAT ENGAGES IN A PATTERN OR PRACTICE OF UNSAFE OR UNSOUND BANKING PRACTICES AND OTHER EGREGIOUS VIOLATIONS THAT HAS RESULTED IN PROFOUND CONSUMER HARM IN THE LAST 10 YEARS IS NOT ENTITLED TO ANY BENEFIT OF REGULATE RELIEF PROVIDED UNDER THIS BILL. SO MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXCLUDE A MEGABANK, LIKE WELLS FARGO, THAT HAS FRAUDULENTLY OPENED MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS WITHOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS' CONSENT. ENROLL CONSUMERS IN LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. AND FORCED NEARLY A MILLION AMERICANS TO PURCHASE AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE THAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN NEED. SINCE 2016, I'VE BEEN CALLING FOR WELLS FARGO TO FACE REAL PENALTIES. AND LAST YEAR, I INTRODUCED H.R. 3937, THE MEGABANK ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSEQUENCES ACT, TO COMPEL THE FEDERAL BANK REGULATORS TO FULLY UTILIZE EXISTING AUTHORITIES TO STOP THESE MEGABANKS FROM REPEATEDLY THROUGHOUTING THE LAW AND HARMING -- FLOUTING THE LAW AND HARMING CONSUMERS. JANETIALIN ON HER LAST DAY AT THE FED TAKE BOLD ACTION TO CAP THE BANK SIZE UNTIL IT CLEANS UP ITS ACT. I AM TALKING ABOUT WELLS FARGO THIS IS WHAT JANET YELLEN DID ON HER LAST DAY AT THE FED. WE MUST SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE MEGABANKS THERE WILL BE REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR BAD ACTIONS THAT MISLEAD, ABUSE OR DECEIVE ITS CUSTOMERS. H.R. 4296 IN ITS CURRENT FORM WOULD SEND THE OPPOSITE MESSAGE TO RECIDIVIST MEGABANKS. THEY SHOULD NOT REAP THE PROFIT OF EASIER OPERATIONAL CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS WHILE THEIR OPERATIONAL BREAKDOWNS ARE ONLY INCREASING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT SO THAT WE DO NOT REWARD A RECIDIVIST MEGABANK LIKE WELLS FARGO FOR REPEATED OPERATIONAL FAILURES THAT RIPPED OFF MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 04:58:59 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                          • 04:59:04 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                                          • 04:59:06 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                          • 04:59:08 PM

                                            MR. HENSARLING

                                            MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE ARE ROUGHLY TWO DIFFERENT CAPITAL -- TWO DOZEN,…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THERE ARE ROUGHLY TWO DIFFERENT CAPITAL -- TWO DOZEN, TWO DOZEN DIFFERENT CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY LEVELS THAT ARE APPLIED TO OUR BANKS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ONE. OPERATIONAL CAPITAL AND WHETHER OR NOT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL OUGHT TO BE BASED ON CURRENT RISK. NOW, I KNOW MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ALWAYS LIKES TO WAVE THE WELLS FARGO FLAG. WELLS FARGO NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THERE NEEDS TO BE JUSTICE FOR ALL WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED. THERE HAVE BEEN ROUGHLY $142 MILLION NOW PAID IN RESTITUTION. THERE HAVE BEEN OVER $200 MILLION PAID IN FINES. THE BOARD OF WELLS FARGO HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE C.E.O. WAS FIRED. THE FEDERAL RESERVE CAPPED THEIR GROWTH ALL UNDER EXISTING AUTHORITIES. . BUT UNDER THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT POTENTIALLY OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS COULD BE INCLUDED AND IT'S NOT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT COUNTS AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS CAPITAL THAT COULD BE USED TO FUND CAR LOANS. IT IS CAPITAL THAT COULD BE USED TO FUND HOMES. IT IS CAPITAL THAT COULD BE USED TO FUND THE NEXT APPLE OR THE NEXT AMAZON, AND INSTEAD, THAT CAPITAL WOULD BE PUT ONTO THE SIDELINES. AGAIN, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL ONLY AND SHOULD IT BE CALIBRATED FOR CURRENT RISK OR PAST RISK. THAT IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ISSUE FROM ENSURING THAT CUSTOMERS OF WELLS FARGO, WHO CLEARLY HAVE BEEN WRONGED, THAT THEY RECEIVE JUSTICE AND THAT WELLS FARGO HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE. . AND AGAIN I WOULD POINT OUT, YOU KNOW THIS MIGHT NOT HAVE HAPPENED IF THE CFPB UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN DOING THEIR BUSINESS. THEY SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT THIS. BUT THEY DIDN'T. INSTEAD IT WAS THE "L.A. TIMES" AND THE L.A. CITY ATTORNEY. THE CFPB WAS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. AND SO AGAIN THERE IS EXISTING AUTHORITY, BUT IF THE REGULATORS, HAD THE DIRECTOR BEEN DOING HIS JOB, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED. THE EVIDENCE WAS THERE AND IT WAS SIMPLY OVERLOOKED. AND WE SEE WAY TOO MANY INSTANCES OF THAT, MR. SPEAKER. SO, AGAIN, WE WANT TO PROPERLY CALIBRATE ONE CAPITAL LEVEL, OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI DOES. AND WE SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED BY THE JIHAD AGAINST BANKS BECAUSE BANKS ULTIMATELY ARE STILL FUNDING THE AMERICAN DREAM AND YOU PUNISH, YOU PUNISH OUR CONSTITUENTS, YOU PUNISH SMALL BUSINESSES EVERY TIME YOU NEEDLESSLY TAKE AWAY CAPITAL THAT COULD FUND THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON MR. LUETKEMEYER'S BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 05:02:22 PM

                                            The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

                                            • 05:02:26 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                                          • 05:02:26 PM

                                            On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 88 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                            • 05:02:41 PM

                                              MS. WATERS

                                              REQUEST A RECORD VOTE. THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                            • 05:02:44 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20RKS THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                            • 05:29:59 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 185 AND THE NAYS ARE 228. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 185 AND THE NAYS ARE 228. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL --

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                                        • 05:30:00 PM

                                          House Vote 88 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                                          To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency.

                                          Failed (185 - 228)
                                          Yea
                                          Nay

                                          Vote Details: Yea - 185
                                          Democratic - 183
                                          Republican - 2

                                          Vote Details: Nay - 228
                                          Republican - 228

                                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                                          Republican - 7
                                          Democratic - 10

                                          • 05:30:03 PM

                                            On passage Roll Call 89 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                            • 05:30:11 PM

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                                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                            • 05:30:16 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                            • 05:38:50 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245, THE NAYS ARE 169. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245, THE NAYS ARE 169. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                                        • 05:38:52 PM

                                          House Vote 89 - On Passage

                                          To place requirements on operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency.

                                          Passed (245 - 169)
                                          Yea
                                          Nay

                                          Vote Details: Yea - 245
                                          Republican - 226
                                          Democratic - 19

                                          Vote Details: Nay - 169
                                          Democratic - 166
                                          Republican - 3

                                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
                                          Republican - 8
                                          Democratic - 8

                                          • 05:38:53 PM

                                            Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                                            • 05:38:57 PM

                                              Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1865 — "To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes."

                                              • 05:39:07 PM

                                                The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

                                              • 05:39:11 PM

                                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                                • 05:39:18 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER…

                                                  COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                • 05:39:25 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934, TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION…

                                                  A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934, TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING OR FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 05:39:47 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3…

                                                  WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. WALTERS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                • 05:40:19 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MRS. WALTERS…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MRS. WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                • 05:40:22 PM

                                                  On agreeing to the Walters, Mimi amendment (A002) Roll Call 90 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                  • 05:40:28 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                  • 05:47:19 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 308. THE NAYS ARE 107. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

                                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 308. THE NAYS ARE 107. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                                              • 05:47:19 PM

                                                House Vote 90 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                                Agreed to (308 - 107)
                                                Aye
                                                No

                                                Vote Details: Aye - 308
                                                Republican - 169
                                                Democratic - 139

                                                Vote Details: No - 107
                                                Republican - 61
                                                Democratic - 46

                                                Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                                                Republican - 7
                                                Democratic - 8

                                                • 05:47:50 PM

                                                  The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1865.

                                                  • 05:47:51 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                                • 05:48:00 PM

                                                  The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                                                  • 05:48:03 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1865 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                                  • 05:48:17 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                                    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 1865 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                                • 05:48:26 PM

                                                  The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                                  • 05:48:54 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    A BILL TO TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION…

                                                    A BILL TO TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                • 05:49:09 PM

                                                  On passage Roll Call 91 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                  • 05:49:13 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                                                    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 05:49:29 PM

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                                                    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                                  • 05:49:31 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                                                    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                  • 06:00:12 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 25. THE BILL IS PASSED,…

                                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 25. THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                                              • 06:00:15 PM

                                                House Vote 91 - On Passage

                                                Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

                                                Passed (388 - 25)
                                                Aye

                                                Vote Details: Aye - 388
                                                Republican - 214
                                                Democratic - 174

                                                Vote Details: No - 25
                                                Republican - 14
                                                Democratic - 11

                                                Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                                                Republican - 9
                                                Democratic - 8

                                                • 06:00:16 PM

                                                  Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                                                • 06:00:55 PM

                                                  ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                  The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                  • 06:01:28 PM

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, SEX TRAFFICKING IS A MODERN DAY SLAVERY THAT VIOLATES THE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, SEX TRAFFICKING IS A MODERN DAY SLAVERY THAT VIOLATES THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF NEARLY 21 MILLION VICTIMS EVERY YEAR. IT'S A RAPID CRIME COMMITTED AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT MANY DON'T REALIZE IS HUMAN TRAFFICING IS A BIG PROBLEM RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                  • 06:01:47 PM

                                                    MR. PAULSEN

                                                    IT'S BOOMING BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE…

                                                    IT'S BOOMING BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WEBSITES THAT PROFIT FOR -- THAT EXPLOIT YOUNG CHILDREN. WEBSITES LIKE BACKPAGE.COM ARE ABLE TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY AND CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT ADS FOR CHILDREN FOR SEX. THAT'S WHY I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL GET FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR SUPPORTING THIS HORRENDOUS INDUSTRY AND HELP PUT AN END TO THE ONLINE SALE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:02:33 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  • 06:02:52 PM

                                                    MS. PINGREE

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SANDY HOOK, LAS VEGAS, AND NOW PARKLAND. THE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SANDY HOOK, LAS VEGAS, AND NOW PARKLAND. THE COMMON DENOMINATOR BETWEEN THESE AWFUL TRAGEDIES IS THE USE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. BUILT TO KILL, THESE CUSTOMIZEABLE WEAPONS HAVE ALOUD GUNMEN TO KILL DOZENS OF PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL TRAINING. SINCE THE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS LAPSED IN 2004, FAR TOO MANY OF THESE WEAPONS HAVE ENDED UP IN THE WRONG HANDS. THERE'S NO ONE SOLUTION TO REDUCING THE MASS SHOOTINGS AND OTHER FORMS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR NATION. BUT REINSTATING THE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS WOULD BE A CRITICAL FIRST STEP. I URGE ALL OF MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO PUT PUBLIC SAFETY BEFORE THE GUN LOBBY AND PASS THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN OF 2018 TO KEEP WEAPONS OF WAR OFF THE STREETS AND OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS. I HAVE HEARD FROM STUDENTS ACROSS MAINE WHO WANT TO FEEL SAFE IN THEIR SCHOOLS. THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR CLASSROOMS TO LOOK AND FEEL LIKE PRISONS. THEY DO NOT WANT TO LIVE IN FEAR THAT SOMEONE COULD ENTER THEIR SCHOOL WITH A FIREARM THAT'S CAPABLE OF COMMITTING MASS MURDER. WE OWE IT TO THE GENERATION OF STUDENTS WHO ARE GROWING UP AGAINST A BACKDROP OF LOCKDOWN DRILLS AND MASS SHOOTINGS. WE NEED TO ACT LIKE ADULTS AND PROTECT THEM BY BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:04:09 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 06:04:14 PM

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                                                    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

                                                    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                  • 06:04:19 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                                  • 06:04:28 PM

                                                    MR. POE

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, JANE WAS 9 YEARS OLD, 9, WHEN SHE WAS FIRST TRAFFICKED IN…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, JANE WAS 9 YEARS OLD, 9, WHEN SHE WAS FIRST TRAFFICKED IN BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS. FOR THREE YEARS, MARIA TRAFFICED THE CHILD. THAT'S HER RIGHT THERE. SHE TRAFFICKED JANE FROM TOWN TO TOWN IN SOUTH TEXAS. MARIA FILLED HER OWN POCKETS BY FILLING HER POCKETS AT THE MARKETPLACE OF MODERN SAY SLAVERY. FILTHY PEOPLE STEAL CHILDREN LIKE JANE'S YOUTH, INNOCENCE AND TRY TO STEAL THEIR SOULS. JANE CEASE -- JANE'S STORY CAME TO LIGHT WHEN SHE ALERTED AUTHORITIES AT HER SCHOOL. NOW SHE'S TRYING TO COPE WITH THE GUILT AND SHAME OF HER PAST. IT'S NOT JANE WHO SHOULD BE ASHAMED, IT'S DASTARDLY HUMAN TRAFFICKERS LIKE MARIA WHO SHOULD BE ASHAMED. THAT'S WHY MY LEGISLATION GIVES FEDERAL JUDGES THE ABILITY TO PUBLISH NAMES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF CONVICTED BUYERS AND SELLERS OF OUR CHILDREN. BUYERS AND SELLERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT UNDER THE CLOAK OF BEING ANONYMOUS. THOSE WHO SELL AND BUY THE INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN SHOULD BE SHAMED FOR ALL TO SEE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:05:46 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  • 06:06:01 PM

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M FILING A BIPARTISAN BILL TO ENSURE ISRAEL HAS…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M FILING A BIPARTISAN BILL TO ENSURE ISRAEL HAS DEFENSES. THREATS TO ISRAEL COME FROM HAMAS AND GAZA IN IRAN, EACH HAS AN ARSAL THAT CAN TARGET ISRAEL. THE U.S. AND ISRAEL SIGNED AN AGREEMENT THAT THE U.S. WOULD PROVIDE ISRAEL WITH $500 MILLION A YEAR IN MISSILE DEFENSE FUNDING AND THAT ISRAEL CAN SEEK ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WHEN THE TWO NATIONS AGREE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES EXIST. MY BILL WOULD CODIFY THIS LAW AND AFFIRM CONGRESS' DESIRE THAT THE $500 MILLION IS A FLOOR, NOT A CEILING. MY BILL REFLECTS THE VIEW THAT THE TERM EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BE INTERPRETED IN A REASONABLE AND NOT OVERLY RESTRICTIVE MANNER. PROVIDING ISRAEL WITH ADDITIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE FUNDING TO DETER ISRAEL FROM LAUNCHING AN ATTACK AND HELP PREVENT CONFLICT. THE GOAL OF MY BILL IS TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND ENSURE THAT ISRAEL PREVAILS IF ITS ENEMIES CHOOSE THE PATH OF WAR. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:07:06 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, ROXANNE AND I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE POSITIVE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, ROXANNE AND I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE POSITIVE IMPACT REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM HAS HAD FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THE WORLD.

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                                                  • 06:07:30 PM

                                                    MR. WILSON

                                                    HE HAD THE AMAZING ABILITY TO TAKE THE STORIES IN THE BIBLE AND RELAY IT…

                                                    HE HAD THE AMAZING ABILITY TO TAKE THE STORIES IN THE BIBLE AND RELAY IT IN WAYS THAT WERE UNDERSTANDABLE, RELATEABLE AND POWERLE. HE WAS FOLLOWED AND ADORD BY MILLIONS ACROSS THE WORLD BUT REMAINED HUMBLE WITH HIS HOME IN MONTREAT. PSALM 72 PROCLAIMS THE MOUNTAINS SHALL BRING PEACE. OTHER TWO MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE ATTENDED HIS CRUSADES. OUR FAMILY WAS GRATE TO FEEL PARTICIPATE IN THE RETREAT BY HARRY DENT. IN 1983, HE WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM AWARD BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN AND IN 1986, HE AND HIS WIFE RUTH WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, THE HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR. THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE FOR REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM WHICH WILL SERVE AS A REMINDER FOR HIS FAMILY AND STAFF HOW MUCH -- HE WAS ADMIRED AND RESPECTED. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                                                  • 06:08:40 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS CONFIRMED…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS CONFIRMED THAT 21 STATE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS WERE TARGETED IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS, REVEALING VULNERABILITIES AND JEOPARDIZING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS AND OUR DEMOCRACY AS PEOPLE LOSE CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR VOTE MATTERS.

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                                                  • 06:09:09 PM

                                                    MS. GABBARD

                                                    AND THAT IT WILL ACTUALLY AND ACCURATELY BE COUNTED. IN 2016, THE WORLD'S…

                                                    AND THAT IT WILL ACTUALLY AND ACCURATELY BE COUNTED. IN 2016, THE WORLD'S LARGEST HACKING CONFERENCE REVEALED STARTLING VULNERABILITIES IN OUR ELECTIONS INFRASTRUCTURE. WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTORAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE THAT EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN VOTE IS COUNTED ACCURATELY. I'M INTRODUCING THE SECURING AMERICAN ELECTIONS ACT WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE PEOPLE WITH A VOTER -- WITH A VERIFIABLE PAPER RECORD OF THEIR VOTES BUT WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE EFFECTIVENESS AND SECURITY OF OUR ELECTRONIC VOTING SOFTWARE. WE MUST ACT NOW TO SECURE OUR ELECTIONS AND RENEW OUR CITIZENS' FAITH IN THE INTEGRITY OF THOSE ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:09:53 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH DRAWS TO A CLOSE I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH DRAWS TO A CLOSE I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO LEFT HER OWN MARK ON HISTORY. JUST TWO DAYS AGO, ON FEBRUARY 25, 2018, BEAVER COUNTY LOST ONE OF ITS TREASURED.

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                                                  • 06:10:24 PM

                                                    MR. ROTHFUS

                                                    MISSISSIPPI NATIVE, MARIA GREEN FONDLY KNOWN AS DEE RECEIVED A REGISTERED…

                                                    MISSISSIPPI NATIVE, MARIA GREEN FONDLY KNOWN AS DEE RECEIVED A REGISTERED NURSING LICENSE IF THE ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1954. IN 1955, SHE MOVED TO BEAVER FALL, PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE SHE WAS HIRED ON AT PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN REGISTERED NURSE IN BEAVER COUNTY. EVENTUALLY SHE WAS PROMOTED TO HEAD NURSE. DEE FACE MARYLAND OBSTACLES AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN NURSE IN THE 1950'S SUCH AS THE REALITY OF SEGREGATED DORMITORY HOUSING. HOWEVER SHE DID NOT LET THOSE BARRIERS DISCOURAGE HER, BELIEVING PEOPLE WOULD ACCEPT HER FOR WHO SHE WAS. SHE LOVED HER JOB AND CONTINUED HER CAREER AS A NURSE FOR 36 YEARS UNTIL SHE RETIRED IN 1990. SHE WAS A BLESSING TO THOSE WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH AND MADE THE CAREGIVER UNTIL HER HEALTH DECLINED AT THE END OF 2017. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR HER DECADES OF EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND THE OUTSTANDING MODEL SHE WAS. MAY GOD GRANT HER ETERNAL REST AND MAY HER FAMILY BE CONSOLED WITH MANY BLESSED MEMORIES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 06:11:31 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  • 06:11:45 PM

                                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS WHEN. IN 2017 THERE WERE 11,600 DEATHS LINKED…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS WHEN. IN 2017 THERE WERE 11,600 DEATHS LINKED TO GUN VIOLENCE IN 2017, NEARLY FOUR 9/11 ATTACKS. THERE WERE FOUR 15,000 KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN 2016. THERE WERE 383 MASS SHOOTINGS. UNITED STATES RANKS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF FIREARMS PER CAPITA. THE PROBLEM IS SO EPIDEMIC THAT GUN VIOLENCE IS NOW THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF OUR CHILDREN, WHICH INCLUDES THOSE DEAR SOULS THAT DIED IN FLORIDA JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. WE HEARD THOSE CHILDREN'S VOICES. WE'VE HEARD MANY VOICES. SO LET ME EXPLAIN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NO ONE IS GRABBING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I HONOR THE AMENDMENTS OF THIS NATION. FOR YOUR INFORMATION, IN ORDER TO CHANGE AN AMENDMENT YOU NEED 2/3 VOTES OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND THREE QUARTERS OF THE STATES. THE LAST TIME WE CHANGED AN AMENDMENT WAS 1933, WHEN WE REPEALED THE PROHIBITION AMENDMENT. THIS IS A CAUSE OF THE HEART AND MIND. IT IS NOT A SECOND AMENDMENT DEBAFMENTE IT'S A DEBATE ON SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION TO SAVE LIVES. BAN BUMP STOCKS. EXTEND THE WAITING PERIOD. ENSURE THAT MULTIPLE MUNITIONS ARE BANNED AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ARE BANNED. WHEN IS THERE GOING TO BE, MR. SPEAKER, THE COMING TOGETHER OF A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO SAVE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE NEED TO ANSWER THE CALL. OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS…

                                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF BILLY GRAHAM.…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF BILLY GRAHAM. BILLY GRAHAM SHARED A CENTRAL MESSAGE OF THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS HE NEVER TIRED NOR WAIVERED FROM THE STORY OF HOW AS HUMANS WE ALL HAVE A RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM WITH GOD BECAUSE OF SIN IN OUR LIVES. BUT GOD LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE DOESN'T GIVE UP ON US. IN FACT, GOD HAS OFFERED US AN ESCAPE FROM THE PUNISHMENT DUE FOR OUR SIN THROUGH THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION. A FWIFT THAT WE CAN RECEIVE BUT WE CANNOT EARN BECAUSE JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS WHEN HE GAVE HIS LIFE ON THE CROSS. JESUS OVERCAME DEATH AND THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST WE CAN TOO. BILLY GRAHAM SHARED THIS MESSAGE OUT OF A DEEP LOVE FOR GOD AND HIS FELLOW MAN, NOT FOR FAME, NOT FOR FORTUNE. I THANK GOD FOR THE MINISTRY OF BILLY GRAHAM AND THE EXAMPLE HE LIVED. MAY GOD COMFORT HIS FAMILY AND THE GRATEFUL NATION AS WE MOURN HIS LOSS AND WE -- MAY WE NEVER TIRE OF SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT GIVES ME HOPE IN THE WAKE…

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT GIVES ME HOPE IN THE WAKE OF THE SENSELESS TRAGEDIES AND ATTACKS ON OUR COMMUNITY. THE POWER OF STUDENTS TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY. 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, 15,000 STUDENTS IN EAST LOS ANGELES ROSE UP IN SOLIDARITY TO DEMAND CULTURALLY RELEVANT EDUCATION, BETTER FACILITIES AND DIVERSE TEACHERS. I RISE IN HONOR OF THOSE STUDENTS FROM WILSON, LINCOLN, ROOSEVELT, AND BELMONT HIGH SCHOOLS WHO STARTED A MOVEMENT THAT WOULD BE KNOWN AS THE EAST LOS ANGELES WALKOUTS. I ALSO RISE IN HONOR OF CURRENT STUDENT ACTIVISTS EVERYWHERE. STUDENT ACTIVISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN A POWERFUL RESPONSE TO SOCIAL INJUSTICE, AND WHEN THOSE IN POWER FAIL TO LISTEN OR ACT IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL PEOPLE, IT IS TIME FOR A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS TO SPEAK UP, WALK OUT, AND ORGANIZE. WHETHER YOU'RE IN EAST L.A. IN 1968 OR IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA , IN 2018, YOU WILL BE HEARD, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AND YOU'LL BECOME THE CHANGE WE ALL SEEK. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    MR. CARTER

                                                    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                                    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  • 06:16:05 PM

                                                    MR. CARTER

                                                    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. MICHAEL KENNY BEING NAMED THE GRAND MARSHAL…

                                                    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. MICHAEL KENNY BEING NAMED THE GRAND MARSHAL OF THE SAVANNAH'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE. IT IS IMPORTANT IN SAVANNAH AND MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE IRISH. SAVANNAH HAS A LARGE IRISH COMMUNITY AND THE ST. PATRICK'S PARADE IS AG DIRECT RESULT OF THIS IMPACT. THE FIRST OBSERVANCE BEGAN IN 1824 AND IT HAS 280 BANDS, ALL MARCHING THROUGH THE STREETS. A FAMILY AFFAIR. THINK OWN A ROOFING COMPANY. HIS FATHER WAS THE GRAND MARSHAL IN 1978. IN PAST YEARS THE COMMITTEE HAS CHOSEN MANY CANDIDATES, BUT MR. KENNY WAS THE ONLY PERSON NOMINATED IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPORT HE MAINTAINS. HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CELEBRATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND STEPPED.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    FUNDED THE BIPARTISAN SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. FOR 32…

                                                    FUNDED THE BIPARTISAN SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. FOR 32 MILLION AMERICANS, SNAP PROVIDES THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO EAT FROM FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASED A BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT WILL GUT THIS BY A THIRD AND CHANGE WHAT FOOD THEY GET. INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE STORE AND SELECT FRESH STORE. HALF THE BENEFITS WILL COME IN A PERIODIC DELIVERY OF A CARDBOARD CARDBOARD BOX AND SOMETHING CALLED SAFE-STABLE WORK. 6 ,000 PEOPLE RELY ON 127 MILLION WITH THE SNAP BENEFITS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. THOSE BENEFITS PROVIDE BENEFITS WITH $227 BILLION. THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL WON'T WORK FOR THE FAMILIES AND STORE OWNERS AND WON'T WORK FOR THE AMERICANS YOU REPRESENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    IN A POLITICAL PARTY SHALL NOT BE CONVERTIBLE TO A WARRANT TO SPY ON…

                                                    IN A POLITICAL PARTY SHALL NOT BE CONVERTIBLE TO A WARRANT TO SPY ON AMERICAN CITIZENS.

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                                                  • 06:19:09 PM

                                                    MR. GAETZ

                                                    WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO REVISE THE FISA PROCESS…

                                                    WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO REVISE THE FISA PROCESS SO WHAT HAPPENED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP NEVER HAPPENS IN THE FUTURE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WANTED TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THE POWER TO APPOINT FISA JUDGES. HE ARGUED THAT THEN JUDGES WOULD BE DIVERSE AND COME FROM DIFFERENT AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES AND WOULD BE SUBJECT TO SENATE CONFIRMATION. TODAY, I FILED THAT LEGISLATION AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO JOIN ME AS A CO-SPONSOR TO ADVANCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE FISA PROCESS. IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA THESE POWERS, IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP THESE POWERS.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    WE DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN A PRISON. THAT WAS THE MESSAGE I HEARD…

                                                    WE DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN A PRISON. THAT WAS THE MESSAGE I HEARD TODAY FROM FIVE INCREDIBLE STUDENTS FROM MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL ARE WE SENDING OUR CHILDREN BACK TO. TEACHERS SHOULD BE THERE TO TEACH. WHAT THEY NEED. MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS ARE DESIGNED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF KILLING AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. AND NO MATTER WHAT GUN YOU ARE BUYING, NOBODY SHOULD GET A PURCHASE WITHOUT AR BACKGROUND CHECK. THE N.R.A. AND GUN MANUFACTURERS VALUE PROFITS OVER SAFETY. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. THE STUDENTS TOLD ME TODAY THEY WANT TO END GUN VIOLENCE A PRIORITY FOR THEIR GENERATION AND THAT MEANS ACTING TODAY.

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                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

                                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 06:21:25 PM

                                                    MS. TENNEY

                                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                    MS. TENNEY

                                                    ALAN WILLIAMSON FROM GREEN, NEW YORK. HE IS A TRUE CRAFTSMAN WHO HAS…

                                                    ALAN WILLIAMSON FROM GREEN, NEW YORK. HE IS A TRUE CRAFTSMAN WHO HAS BUSINESS VENTURES IN GREEN. HE IS INSPIRED BY TRADES. ALAN RUNS AN ANTIQUE SAW MILL, A SHOE LACE BUSINESS, A ROPE-MAKING BUSINESS AND BROOM MAKING BUSINESS. HE CREATED ONE OF A KIND BROOM FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND IT IS ALTERNATING RED AND WHITE. THE PRESIDENTIAL BROOM IS FITTED IN A GLASS CASE THAT HE CRAFTED. I WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK AND HOPE THAT HIS BROOM MAKES IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECKNIGS? WITHOUT…

                                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECKNIGS? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                    OF REGINA KNOWN AS BIG MOMMA. MISROSS WAS BORN IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS, THE…

                                                    OF REGINA KNOWN AS BIG MOMMA. MISROSS WAS BORN IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS, THE FORT WORTH NEIGHBORHOOD. AND GRADUATED FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL IN FORT WORTH AND DISH WASHER FOR SEVERAL RESTAURANTS AND THE PIG STAND DRIVE IN, THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER A WHERE SHE SPENT 39 YEARS AND RETIRED AT THE AGE OF 80. SHE WAS ACTIVE AND VOLUNTEERED AND TAUGHT HER YOUNG CHILDREN TO READ. SHE HAD A HUGE PROPERTY ON PROSPECT AVENUE IN THE NORTH SIDE NEAR THE STOCK YARDS FOR EVERYBODY TO CELEBRATE. THROUGH HER MEMBERSHIP THROUGH COMMUNITY, SHE TRAVELED ACROSS THE EAST COAST ADVOCATING FOR LOWER UTILITY RATES. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 10 . SHE HAS THREE SONS AND FIVE SONS AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. WE WILL MISS SEEING BIG MOMMA. AND HER FAVORITE CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    I RISE TO OF TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. HE…

                                                    I RISE TO OF TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. HE WAS A HUMBLE MAN AND HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO HILL PPING PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUND TO DISCOVER THE TRUE PEACE IN THE LIFE AND THE SERVICE OF JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS TO SOLVE, MUCH OF WHICH ARE TOO DEEP. WE NEED PRAYER MORE THAN WE NEED POLICY SOLUTIONS. WE NEED REPENTANCE. WE NEED GOD MORE THAN GOVERNMENT. BILLY GRAHAM UNDERSTOOD THAT. BILLY GRAHAM TALKED ABOUT THAT SIMPLE STORY THAT GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON TO DIE FOR US AND IF WE BELIEVE THAT, WE WOULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM. THANK GOD FOR BILLY GRAHAM, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                    REMEMBER THE LIFE OF BRIAN FRAZIER WHO ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL. HE…

                                                    REMEMBER THE LIFE OF BRIAN FRAZIER WHO ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL. HE ENJOYED HUNTING, SNOWBOARDING AND THE SPORTING EVENTS OF HIS FOUR KIDS. WHEN HE WASN'T WORKING AS THE VICE PRESIDENT, HE WAS OUT FLYING A PLANE WITH HIS NEWLY EARNED PILOTS LICENSE. HE HELPED EVERYONE. HE LOVED GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND ACTED AS A MENTOR FOR SO MANY. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS PASSION OF LOVE TO CHILDREN AND FAMILY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    REQUESTED FOR FEBRUARY 26 AND 27

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                                                  SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                                                  The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2017, MR. HULTDEPREN IS RECK NEED NIESED AS THE DESIGNEE.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

                                                    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. WE ARE HONORING A MAN KNOWN WORLDWIDE AND WHO EMBODIES THE THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. TOMORROW, HE WILL BE THE FOURTH PERSON IN THE HISTORY OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY TO BE LAID IN HONOR IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. BUT WE WANT TO TRY TO DESCRIBE THE LIFE OF THIS MAN, HIS MINISTRY AND IMPACT ON THE NATION AND THE WORLD AND THE IMPACT HE HAS HAD ON ALL OF OUR LIVES. I'M GRATEFUL TO FROM OR OUR COLLEAGUES WHO WANTED TO JOIN TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF BILLY GRAHAM. I WANT TO GET TO MY COLLEAGUES. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE ROBERT ADERHOLT FROM ALABAMA TO SHARE WITH US.

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                                                    MR. ADERHOLT

                                                    THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HULTGREN, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO…

                                                    THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HULTGREN, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF BILLY GRAHAM. IT'S NOT AN EASY TASK TO FIND WORDS TO SUM UP HIS LIFE. NOT BECAUSE HE IS NOT WORTHY BUT BECAUSE WORDS AND A FEW SENTENCES AND HE HAD A LARGE IMPACT ON LITERALLY THE ENTIRE WORLD. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET DR. GRAHAM A FEW FEET FROM HERE SEVERAL YEARS AGO AT ONE OF THE ELL PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS. AND WHILE I HAD THAT CHANCE TO MEET HIM THAT ONE TIME, YOU FELT LIKE YOU KNEW HIM. HIS HONESTY AND PREACHING THE GOSPEL MADE IT SOIM LIKE A CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES GROWING UP IN ALABAMA, BEING AT MY GRANDPARENTS' HOME AND IF A BILLY GRAHAM WAS BEING TELEADVISED. AND THAT WAS REGARDLESS OF WHAT WAS ON THE OTHER NETWORKS. HE WAS VERY CLEAR IN HOW HE PRESENTED THE GOSPEL. AND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY A WORLD THAT DESPERATELY NEEDS MORE PEOPLE LIKE BILLY GRAHAM. BUT WE ARE KNOWING THAT HE HAS NOW MADE A HOME WITH HIS MAKER. AUTHOR FRANCIS WROTE THIS, ALL THE ARMIES THAT EVER MARCHED, ALL THE NEAFS THAT EVER SAILT AND ALL THE PARALLEL MEPTS THAT EVER SET, PUT TOGETHER HAVE NOT AFFECTED THE LIFE OF MAN ON EARTH AS MUCH AS THAT ONE SOLITARY LIFE. THAT ONE LIFE IS OF JESUS CHRIST WHO BROUGHT SALVATION TO THE LIFE THROUGH FAITH. AND WHILE NO ONE COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD, THE LATE BILLY GRAHAM WAS ONE OF THOSE GREAT MEAGES AND PROBABLY THE BEST WE HAVE EVER SEEN IN HISTORY AND HE WILL BE LONG BE REMEMBERED FOR THE MESSAGE THAT HE GAVE ABOUT A PERSONAL SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    NEXT I RECOGNIZE JODY HICE.

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                                                    MR. HICE

                                                    BILLY GRAHAM WAS THERE, IN THE 1980'S. AS A YOUNG PASTOR, A PASTOR FOR 20…

                                                    BILLY GRAHAM WAS THERE, IN THE 1980'S. AS A YOUNG PASTOR, A PASTOR FOR 20 YEARS, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HIM. AS A YOUNG PASTOR , HE SIGNED A BIBLE FOR ME, WHICH TODAY REMAINS A TREASURE. WHAT WE DON'T NEED TO FORGET IS THE MESSAGE HE GAVE US, THE MESSAGE OF SCRIPTURE, THE MESSAGE OF GOD, THE MESSAGE THAT TALKS ABOUT OUR CONDITION, THAT WE ARE SINFUL AND SEPARATED FROM GOD THAT WE HAVE COMMITTED THINGS THAT SEPARATE US ETERNALLY UNLESS THEY ARE DEALT WITH, AND THAT GOSPEL MESSAGE FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT BILLY GRAHAM SO ELOQUENTLY SHARED WAS THAT GOD LOVES US AND GAVE HIS SON TO DIE IN OUR STEAD. I NOTICE THE OTHER DAY WE WERE TOLD THAT ARCHAEOLOGISTS MAY HAVE FOUND THE SIGNATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET ISAIAH AND WHEN I THOUGHT OF THAT, I ACTUALLY THOUGHT OF BILLY GRA HAM AND HOW HE WOULD HAVE TAKE THAN ISAIAH PASSAGE IN CHAPTER 53 AND MADE A GOSPEL MESSAGE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET WHERE HE SAID IN CHAPTER 53 THAT ALL OF US, LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY, THAT EVERY ONE HAS GONE HIS OWN WAY. AND YET GOD HAS LAID ON HIM THE INEX-- THE INIQUITY OF US ALL. IT'S LIKE, HERE WE ARE, HERE IS OUR SIN. HERE COMES CHRIST WITHOUT SIN AND GOD LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL. AS MUCH AS WE REMEMBER BILLY GRAHAM THESE DAYS, LET US NEVER FORGET THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS MESSAGE AND NEVER FORGET THE MESSAGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, I URGE AMERICA, TO HEAR THE GOSPEL MESSAGE AND TO RESPOND IN FAITH TO THE LOVE AND THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THAT BILLY GRAHAM SO POWERFULLY PRESENTED TO ALL OF US. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THANK YOU SO MUCH, JODY. NEXT I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND FROM…

                                                    THANK YOU SO MUCH, JODY. NEXT I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, ROBERT PITTENGER.

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                                                    MR. PITTENGER

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. HULTGREN, FOR GETTING THIS GREAT GROUP TOGETHER. WE…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. HULTGREN, FOR GETTING THIS GREAT GROUP TOGETHER. WE TREASURE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR DR. BILLY GRAHAM. EACH OF US HAS A SPECIAL MEMORY OF BILLY GRAHAM. I CAN RECALL HAVING GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, MY FIRST JOB WAS WITH CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST. I LIVED IN DALLAS, TEXAS; TO PREPARE FOR A BIG MEETING, A CONVOCATION THAT BROUGHT 84,000 YOUNG PEOPLE. I WAS ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO CADDY FOR BILLY GRAHAM. HE WAS PLAYING IN THE BYRON NELSON GOLF CLASSIC. BE ARNOLD PALMER, BOB HOPE AND BILLY GRAHAM. IT WAS A GREAT OCCASION. WHAT I SAW AS A YOUNG BELIEVER IN CHRIST, I HAD COME TO CHRIST MY SENIOR YEAR OF CHRIST, I SAW A MAN WHO LOOKED YOU IN THE EYE , HE DIDN'T LOOK AT HIS WATCH. HE DIDN'T WALK OVER PEOPLE TO REACH THE WORLD HE UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERY PERSON BEFORE GOD. I THINK THAT'S WHY HIS MINISTRY AND HIS MISSION WAS SO OUTSTANDING WITH PRESIDENTS AND KINGS, CAB DRIVERS, OR WHOEVER IT MIGHT BE. THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CHRIST BECAUSE OF HIM. THIS MEETING WE PLANNED IN DALLAS, 250,000 PEOPLE CAME TO DOWNTOWN DALLAS AND HEARD BILLY GRAHAM AND JOHNNY CASH, IT WAS A GREAT ASSEMBLY. THE NEXT DECADE WORKING WITH DR. BRIGHT FOR CAMPUS CRUSADE, I HAD OCCASION TO BE AROUND DR. GRAHAM ON MANY OCCASIONS. AT ONE SUCH OCCASION, I PICKED HIM UP AT THE AIRPORT IN 1975, HERE IN WASHINGTON, AND WAS TAKING HIM BACK TO THE HOTEL, AND HE SAID TO DR. BRIGHT AND I, HE SAID THE NEXT CHALLENGE WE HAVE IN THE WORLD TODAY IS TERRORISM HE SAID, THIS GROUP WHO DOESN'T HONOR GOD THEY DON'T HONOR CHRIST, THEY'RE GOING TO BE THE FORCE TO BE DEALT. WITH HOW REMARKABLE THAT DEFENSE BILLY GRAHAM WHO HELPED HEAL OUR NATION AFTER 9/11 AS SHE HE SPOKE TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL TO BRING THE MESSAGE OF HOPE IN GOD. YES, I WENT WITH BILLY TO CRUSADES IN CLEVELAND AND DALLAS AND CHARLOTTE. THE FIRST TIME HE EVER BROUGHT TOGETHER YOUNG PEOPLE, HE HAD A FRIDAY NIGHT BIG CRUSADE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THEY CAME OUT BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS. MICHAEL W. SMITH PLAYED, D.C. TALK. BILLY COULD REACH ANYBODY BECAUSE HE WAS REAL. HE WAS PERSONABLE. THEY UNDERSTOOD HIM. AND HIS MESSAGE WAS CLEAR, SO SIMPLE, GOD BLOVES US. HE HAS A PLAN FOR OUR LIFE. JESUS CHRIST IS THE MEANS TO THAT PLAN. AND HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SIN. WE COULD RECEIVE CHRIST AND KNOW HIM AND KNOW ETERNAL LIFE HE GAVE THAT MESSAGE ALL OVER THE WORLD. I MET PEOPLE IN ROMANIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, NOW THE SOVIET UNION, FORMER SOVIET UNION, NOW RUSSIA. ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHO MET CHRIST BECAUSE BILLY GRAHAM CAME AND HE TOOK THE GOSPEL TO THEM. PROBABLY MY FUNNIEST MOMENT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HIM WAS WITH FRANKLIN, HIS SON. FRANKLIN, HE'LL CHARGE HELL WITH A WATER GUN. HE'LL GO ANYWHERE. HE WAS HEADED TO MOSCOW, I WAS WITH HIM ON HIS LITTLE PLANE A TWIN ENGINE MITSUBISHI. WE STOPPED IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT AND STOPPED OVER IN NOVA SCOTIA TO STAY OVERNIGHT. AND A LITTLE $6 MOTEL. THE PHONE RANG WHILE WE WERE CHECKING IN AND THE MAN SAID, YES, HE'S HERE. HE GAVE THE PHONE ACROSS THE COUNTER TO FRANKLIN. FRANKLIN SAID, HELLO? YES, DADDY. YES, SIR, I'M HEADED TO MOSCOW. YES, SIR, I'VE GOT ANOTHER PILOT. YES, SIR, ROBERT PITTENGER, HE'S GOING WITH ME. AT THAT POINT, HIS FATHER SAID, ROBERT PITTENGER, I THOUGHT HE HAD MORE SENSE THAN THAT. THAT WAS BILLY HE KNEW HIS SON , HE LOVED HIS SON, BUT FRANKLIN WILL TAKE THE GOSPEL, JUST LIKE HIS FATHER, JUST LIKE EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THAT FAMILY. PROBABLY THE GREATEST LEGACY TO BILLY GRAHAM IS THE TESTIMONY IN ALL OUR LIVES THAT HIS CHILDREN FOLLOWED HIM INTO THE MINISTRY. I COMMEND OUR NATION FNHOR NORING THEM IN THE WAY THAT WE ARE. HE'LL BE PART OF THIS CAPITOL AS A STATUE. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER. THANK THE LORD FOR SENDING HIS MESSENGER, BILLY GRAHAM.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU, ROBERT. UP NEXT I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE JACKIE WALORSKI OF…

                                                    THANK YOU, ROBERT. UP NEXT I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE JACKIE WALORSKI OF INDIANA.

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                                                    MS. WHAT HORSEKY

                                                    I RISE TO --

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                                                    MS. WALLS OR KENTUCKY

                                                    I RISE TO --

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                                                    MS. WALOLSKI

                                                    THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE HE WAS ALWAYS A HUMBLE AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. DECADES…

                                                    THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE HE WAS ALWAYS A HUMBLE AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. DECADES AGO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND A BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE AT NOTRE DAME WITH MY FAMILY. I'LL NEVER FORGET SEING SO MANY PEOPLE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE MESSAGE THAT GOD LOVES YOU. A VERY SIMPLE MESSAGE. NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, NO MATTER YOUR BACKGROUND, BILLY WOULD DECLARE, GOD BLOVES YOU. BILLY GRAHAM BROUGHT THIS MESSAGE OF COMPASSION, HOPE, AND THE POWER OF GOD'S GRACE TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. HE ALSO BROUGHT IT TO THE LEAD ORSE THEY HAVE FREE WORLD AS A FRIEND AND COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENTS OF BOTH PARTIES. TOMORROW, HE'LL LIE IN HONOR IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA, A FITTING HONOR FOR HIM AS WE HONOR OUR NATION'S LEADERS, NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY CHANGED HISTORY BUT BECAUSE HE CHANGED OUR HEARTS. HIS GREATEST LEGACY IS THE PEOPLE HE HELPED TO BE CLOSER TO THE LORD. MR. SPEAKER, BILLY GRAHAM IS AT HOME NOW. WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD HE RAISED UP SUCH A HUMBLE MAN WITH A SERVANT'S HEART AND WE PRAY THAT HIS POWERFUL MESSAGE WILL LIVE ON. THANK YOU.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU. NEXT, REPRESENTATIVE TOM GARRETT FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                    MR. GARRETT

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN INCREDIBLE HONOR TO STAND HERE TODAY AND…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN INCREDIBLE HONOR TO STAND HERE TODAY AND HONOR THE LEGACY OF THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS BORN WAS 103 MILLION. OVER THE COURSE OF HIS LIFE, REVEREND GRAHAM SPOKE TO MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE WHO EXISTED IN THE COUNTRY THE DAY HE WAS BORN IN PERSON, ABOUT THE GREATEST GIFT ONE CAN EVER BE GIVEN, THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE AND SALVATION BY A CREATOR SO BENEVOLENT AS TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY ON THE UNDENIABLE SINS OF EACH OR OF US. AS I LOOK TO TRY TO LEAVE AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD, I UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE FAR GREATER THAN ME CAN LEAVE A FAR GREATER IMPACT THAN I COULD EVER LEAVE. I WANT TO USE REVEREND GRAHAM'S WORDS IN CLOSING, TO HONOR HIM NOT FOR WHO HE WAS BUT FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS SAVIOR HE SAID WHEN WEALTH IS LOST, NOTHING IS LOST. WHEN HEALTH IS LOST, SOMETHING IS LOST. WHEN CHARACTER IS LOST, ALL IS LOST. REVEREND GRAHAM SAID THE GREATEST LEGACY ONE CAN PASS ON TO ONE'S CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN IS NOT MONEY OR MATERIAL THINGS ACCUMULATED IN ONE'S LIFE BUT A LEGACY OF CHARACTER AND FAITH. I THINK MOST APPROPRIATELY IN CLOSING HE SAID, I LOOK FORWARD TO DEATH WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION. TO MEETING GOD FACE TO FACE. AND FINALLY SAID, I HAVEN'T WRITTEN MY OWN EPITAPH, I'M NOT SURE I SHOULD. WHATEVER IT IS, I HOPE IT WILL BE SIMPLE AND IT WILL POINT PEOPLE NOT TO ME BUT TO THE GOD I SERVE. THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM. DEAR GOD, SEND US MORE. THANK YOU.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU, TOM. NEXT I'M HONORED TO INTRODUCE REPRESENTATIVE COLEMAN RAD…

                                                    THANK YOU, TOM. NEXT I'M HONORED TO INTRODUCE REPRESENTATIVE COLEMAN RAD WEE BEGAN OF THE AMERICAN SAMOA.

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                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MANY YEARS AGO, A MISSIONARY NAMED JOHN WILLIAMS…

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MANY YEARS AGO, A MISSIONARY NAMED JOHN WILLIAMS MADE A LONG JOURNEY IN THE 1800'S TO BRING CHRISTIANITY TO THE PEOPLE IN THE ISLANDS, INCLUDING AMERICAN SAMOA -- SAMOA. THEY PROBABLY SURPASSED THEIR FONDEST HOPES. TODAY FAITH AND CHURCH PROVIDE A STRONG FOUNDATION TO A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR POPULATION. I THINK HE AND BILLY GRAHAM WOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD EACH OTHER VERY WELL, THOUGH THEIR MINISTRIES ARE SEPARATED BY MORE THAN A CENTURY. BILLY GRAHAM'S INFLUENCE WENT AROUND THE WORLD RAPIDLY AND POWERFULLY AND SEEMED DIVINELY TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE RISE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND TRAVEL OF THE 20TH CENTURY. AS HE LIES IN HONOR THIS WEEK AT THE U.S. CAPITOL, IT IS A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR A YOUNGER GENERATION TO LEARN MORE OF HIS EXCEPTIONAL LIFE AND HEAR HIS MESSAGE ONCE MORE. THAT GOD LOVES EACH OF US AND WHEN TIMES SEEM TROUBLED AROUND US, THERE'S SOMEONE GREATER TO DEPEND ON. AS SCRIPTURE SAYS, HOW SHALL THEY HEAR WITHOUT A PREACH HER BILLY GRAHAM ANSWERED THAT CALL. HE DESCRIBED HIMSELF SIMPLY -- A PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL OF SWREE US IS CHRIST. THAT LIFE'S PURPOSE TO FIND HIM AND WHAT I A LIFE IT WAS. THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU. I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MIKE…

                                                    THANK YOU. I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MIKE BOST.

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                                                    MR. BOST

                                                    LET ME TELL YOU, AS MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPOKE HERE TONIGHT HAVE…

                                                    LET ME TELL YOU, AS MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPOKE HERE TONIGHT HAVE TALKED ABOUT HOW BILLY GRAHAM SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. AT A YOUNG AGE, BILLY GRAHAM IF YOU READ HIS HISTORY, TOOK A WALK THROUGH THE WOODS. AND DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO CHRIST HE UNDERSTOOD AS WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN MATTHEW 22, WHERE IT SAYS, WHEN CHRIST WAS ASKED WHAT'S THIS IT'S -- WHAT'S THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT , HE SAID THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IS TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT, TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF HE UNDERSTOOD THOSE COMMANDMENTS, BUT MOST OF ALL , HE UNDERSTOOD THE COMMISSION THAT WAS GIVEN AT THE END OF MATTHEW. THEREFORE GO AND MAKE DESIPELES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. BILLY GRAHAM UNDERSTOOD THIS AND HE UNDERSTOOD IT AND HE WAS ALSO VERY, VERY HUMBLE. I WANT TO TAKE IF I CAN JUST A MOMENT TO GO OVER SOMETHING THAT WAS WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR, MAX LUCADO, ABOUT A MEETING THAT THEN MICHAEL W. SMITH AND HIS PASTOR HAD BECAUSE WHEN -- I'LL JUST READ IT. A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT WHERE MICHAEL W. SMITH AND MAX LUCADO WERE GOING ON STAGE TOGETHER, EWE MET TO GO OVER THE SCHEDULE. MICHAEL WAS SO MOVED BY WHAT HE'D JUST EXPERIENCED, HE COULD HARDLY DISCUSS THE RETREAT. HE HAD JUST MET WITH BILLY GRAHAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF PLANNING REVEREND GRAHAM'S FUNERAL. THE FAMOUS EVANGELIST AT THIS TIME WAS 94 YEARS OLD. HE WAS CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR, ON OXYGEN, HIS MIND WAS SHARP AND HIS SPIRITS WERE HIGH BUT HIS BODY WAS SEEING ITS FINAL DAYS SO HE CALLED MICHAEL AND HE CALLED HIS PASTOR. HE WANTED TO DISCUSS HIS FUNERAL. HE TOLD THEM THAT HE HAD ONE REQUEST. AND THEY BOTH SAID OF COURSE, ANYTHING, WHAT IS IT? HE SAID, IT IS TO DO WITH MY FUNERAL. AND THEY SAID YES. HE SAID, WOULD YOU NOT MENTION MY NAME. WHAT? COULD YOU NOT MENTION MY NAME? JUST MENTION THE NAME OF JESUS. YOU SEE BILLY GRAHAM HAS PREACHED TO OTHER A BILLION PEOPLE. HE HAS FILLED STADIUMS ON EVERY CONTINENT. HE HAS ADVISED EVERY PRESIDENT OF THE LAST HALF CENTURY. HE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN THE TOP OF EVERY MOST ADMIRED LIST. YET HE WANTS TO BE ANONYMOUS AT HIS FUNERAL. AND ONLY CALLED ON JESUS NAME. GOD RESISTS THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE WHEN THE WORLD KNEW HIM. YOU KNOW, JOHN 15. . SAYS THIS THAT YOU BEAR FUTE AND SO PROVE TO BE MY DISSSIPE AM. AND ON FEBRUARY 21, I DON'T DOUBT THAT HE HEARD THESE WORDS. WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. WE PRAY THAT MORE SEND HIM LIKE HIM.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    TED DUD FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                    MR. BUDD

                                                    I SPEAK ON BEHALF WHO HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS…

                                                    I SPEAK ON BEHALF WHO HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE. BILLY GRAHAM WAS KNOWN AS AMERICA'S PASTOR AND RIGHTLY SO. AND I WAS SPENDING THIS TIME IN A DISTRICT AND SOMEONE CAME UP TO ME AND THEY WERE A BASEBALL FAN AND SAID YOU KNOW WHO HAS THE MOST SAVES IN YANKEE STADIUM. I HAD TO HALF AND THINK GOD DID THE SAVING. BUT LET'S SPEAK FOR BILLY GRAHAM. HE WAS BORN IN 1918 IN A DARLE DAIRY FARM AP CRUSADES ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND SHAPED THE BELIEFS OF A GENERATION BY INTRODUCING MANY OF THE EVANGELICAL FAITH. GRAHAM INVITED MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE. GRAHAM WAS A WHITE PASTOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND BOTH OF THEM KNEW THAT THE LORD DOESN'T SEE SKIN COLOR AND THE LORD. WE COULD LEARN A THING OF TWO. HE MET WITH 12 PRESIDENTS. PRESIDENT IGSEN HOUR CALLED HIM ONE OF THE BEST AMBASSADORS AND JOHN CONTENDY CALLED HIM IN. ASIDE FROM HIS ROLE IN THE VOCAL CALL OPPOSITION HE LIFTED UP THE SOULS BY INTRODUCING THEM, HE GAVE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE OUR ECONOMY IS GROWING, AMERICANS CAN MORE ISOLATED, MORE LONELY AND MORE DEPRESSED. THIS CAN'T BE SOLVED BY A BILL WE PASS IN CONGRESS. WE HAVE GOTTEN TO A POINT THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE PUT THEIR HOPE IN ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THEY WILL BE LET DOWN BECAUSE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE ARE FALLEN AND PERFECT. GRAHAM KNEW THIS AND KNEW THAT THE ONLY PERSON WHO WOULD NOT LET US DOWN IS CHRIST HIMSELF AND TRUST HIM IN THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR LIFE AND THIS IS THE LIFE THAT BILLY GRAHAM ENJOYS FOREVER.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    I RECOGNIZE REPRESENT TIFFER GOHMERT.

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                                                    MR. GOHMERT

                                                    MY FRIENDS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. THE LOSS OF BILLY GRAHAM TO THIS…

                                                    MY FRIENDS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. THE LOSS OF BILLY GRAHAM TO THIS COUNTRY TO WORLD IS MORE PROFOUND THAN ANY LIPS CAN EVER EXPRESS. AS TED MENTIONED, BORN IN 1918, MARRIED IN 194 TO RUTH, WHAT A DYNAMIC COUPLE THEY WERE AND HOW DEVOTED THEY WERE TO EACH OTHER. THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN. I HAVE COME TO KNOW AND DEARLY LOVE AND MET -- COME TO KNOW FLANK LYNN TO A LESSER EXTENT. BUT HE KNEW, HE BELIEVED HE PREACHED. YOU DON'T GO TO HEAVEN BY BEING A GRANDCHILD OF SOMEONE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD AS AN INDIVIDUAL CHILD OF GOD. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN INHERT. HE HAS BEEN CALLED HOME. HE SPENT HIS LIFE TRYING TO PERSUADE PEOPLE THAT HE LOVED TO ACCEPT JESUS WITH THE WORDS THAT JESUS UTTERED, I'M THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT. NO ONE GETS TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME. AND HE PLEEVED WITH ALL HIS HEART THAT UNLESS SOMEONE PROFESSED AS JESUS CHRIST THEIR SAVIOR, THEY HAVE NO CHANCE GETTING TO HEAVEN. AND WE HAVE PAID TRIBUTE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE LAID DOWN THEIR LIFE IN ONE GREAT MOMENT OF SEASK OTHERS. WE HEARD OF THOSE HEROIC ACTIONS AT THE SCHOOL OF PARKLAND, AND THIS MAN FOR 99 YEARS OR AFTER HE ACCEPTED CHRIST, HE LAID HIS LIFE DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY FOR OTHERS, TRYING TO HELP THEM COME TO A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS SO HE COULD SHARE ETERNITY FOR THEM. THAT'S MY BELIEF. YET, SEVERAL YEARS AGO, WE PASSED WHAT'S CALLED THE HATE CRIMES BILL. I SAID AT SOME POINT THIS WILL BE USED TO PROSECUTE A PREACHER NOR READING SCRIPTURE FROM A BIBLE. WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN THINGS HAVE GOTTEN SO PERVERSE, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT SAY, THESE CHRISTIANS, THESE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARE SO HATEFUL, THEY BELIEVE IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE LIKE THEY DO, THEY GO TO HELL. THAT IS A PER VERSION OF THE ONE RELIGION THAT IS 100% BASED ON LOVE. HIS SON SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS. BILLY GRAHAM HAS LAID DOWN HIS LIFE AND HE'S PUT A MARKER DOWN AND IN HIS MARKER, WE WOULD GIVE NO GREATER MEMORIAL THAT WE PERPETRATE THAT LOVE AND BRING OTHERS IN ETERNAL LOVE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    DAVID ROUSER FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ROUSE ROUSE IT IS AN HONOR TO PAY…

                                                    DAVID ROUSER FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ROUSE ROUSE IT IS AN HONOR TO PAY TRIBUTE, A CHRISTIAN LEADER. BORN ON A DAIRY FARM IN NORTH CAROLINA, HE GREW UP LEARNING UP THE HARD WORK, PERSONAL COMMITMENT AND DEVELOPED AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT. AFTER DEPRA GRADUATING, HE MARRIED THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, RUTH. SHORTLY AFTER HE BEGAN PREACHING THROUGH THE UNITED STATES EMERGING AS A YOUNG EVANGELIST. HE WAS LAUNCHED INTO INTERNATIONAL PROMINENCE. ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THREE WEEKS, THE CRUSADE HAD TO BE EXTENDED FOR EIGHT WEEKS. DURING HIS LIFETIME, HE PREACHED ALL OVER THE WORLD FRRL AFRICA TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE FORMER COMMUNIST BLOC. AND AND THEIR HATRED FOR THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL. WITHOUT QUESTION, HE WAS PREACHING IN HOSTILE TERRITORY AND WITHOUT QUESTION, GOD PROTECTED HIM. HE REACHED 215 MILLION PEOPLE IN MORE THAN 185 COUNTRIES AND PROBABLY MORE THAN THAT. AFTER HEARING THE TEAMS TEACHINGS, THEY ACCEPTED CHRIST AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR. BILLY GRAHAM WAS CALLED BY GOD TO SHARE HIS WORD AND DID SO WITH HUMILITY. HE HEEDED THAT CALL IF NOT BETTER THAN ANYBODY. HIS LEGACY WILL BE FELT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND IF THERE HAS BEEN A GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT IT HAS BEEN BILLY GRAHAM.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    I RECOGNIZE GARY PALMER FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                    MR. PALMER

                                                    I HONOR BILLY GRAHAM. WE WILL WITNESS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN…

                                                    I HONOR BILLY GRAHAM. WE WILL WITNESS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THE LYING IN HONOR WHO WASN'T A WAR OF SOCIAL MOVEMENT. THEY WILL HONOR A MAN. HIS LIFE AND VOCATION SENTENCED ON ONE THING ONLY, I HOPE WE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS. WE WILL MOST LIKELY NEVER SEE IT AGAIN. AND PREACH THE GOSPEL. AND THAN THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM AND HE HAS BEEN CALLED AMERICA'S PREACHER. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, HE WAS THE MOST RECOGNIZED EVANGELICAL IN THE WORLD. HE PREACHED THE GOSPEL IN 200 PEOPLE IN MORE THAN 185 COUNTRIES. IT REACHED THROUGH TV, RADIO AND THE NET. HE DID THIS GIVING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUCH MORE FUNTS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE JUMPED AT. HE WAS GONE FOR 0%. DESPITE BIG A MOM, HIS WIFE UNDERSTOOD THE SACRIFICE. SHE SAID I WOULD LIKE A LITTLE OF BILL. WHEN CHRISTIANS ARE RIDICULED, BILLY GRAHAM WAS REGARDED AS A STEADY AND WELL-RESPECTED VOICE. HE WAS ON MOST AMERICAN MEN IN AMERICA. AND HE COUNSELED AND FROM TRUMAN TO TRUMP. FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID WHEN HE PRAISE WITH YOU, YOU FEEL HE IS PRAYING FOR YOU, NOT THE. THAT'S THE MAGNITUDE. NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, NOT YOUR POSITION, AND SOCIAL STATS DIDN'T MATTER. THE ONLY POSITION OF A PERSON THAT MATTERED TO HIM AND RACE DID NOT MALT EARL EITHER. HE WAS COURAGEOUS. WHEN EITHER CHURCH LEADERS WERE OUTSPOKEN AND SAYING CHRIST BELONG TO ALL PEOPLE. HE CAILED FOR THE CONVENTION TO ACCEPT BLACK STUDENTS. IN 195 CRUSADE IN TENNESSEE HE TOOK DOWN SEGREGATING THE AUDIENCE. HE INVITED MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR TO OPEN WITH PRAYER. IN 1964, JUST MONTHS AFTER THE BOMBING AFTER IN THE BOMBING, HE BROUGHT HIS CRUSADE. HE INSISTED THAT THE AUDIENCE BEING BE SPREGGET. IT WAS THE LARGEST IN BIRMINGHAM. HE TALKED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE THERE IS OR WILL BE ANYONE ELSE IN OUR LIFETIME THAT CALLED PEOPLE OUT OF SPIRITUAL DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT. UNTOLD MILLIONS WERE CALLED TO HIS MINISTRY. I MOURN HIS DEATH THAT HAS BEEN LEFT IN THIS WORLD BUT REJOICING THAT HE IS AT HOME. AS IT IS WRITTEN ABOUT DAVID, SO IT CAN BE SAID OF BILLY GRAHAM. HE SERVED GOD'S PURPOSE. AND I YIELD BACK. . .

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU AND I YIELD TO MR. SMITH.

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                                                    MR. SMITH

                                                    OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON BILLY GRAHAM WHAT A TREMENDOUS LEGACY HE LEAVES…

                                                    OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON BILLY GRAHAM WHAT A TREMENDOUS LEGACY HE LEAVES IN SO MANY FORMS. I THINK OF HOW HIS HUMILITY HAS HAD SUCH AN IMPACT TO SO MANY. I WAS ONE OF THE THOUSANDS IN THE STADIUM AT A CRUSADE IN CALIFORNIA BACK, I BELIEVE, IN 1985. AND TO PERSONALLY WITNESS THAT -- THE IMPACT THAT THAT MEETING HAD WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, BUT TO ALSO REALIZE HOW ONE PERSON CAN IMPACT THE WORLD. HIS WORK LED TO HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS, WHETHER IT'S HIS FAMILY MEMBERS OR OTHERS REALLY STEPPING OUT AND MINISTERING TO OTHERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD. SO I'M VERY GRATE TO FEEL HONOR RE-REND BILLY GRAHAM FOR CERTAINLY HIS STEWARDSHIP OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN ALL REFLECT ON OUR COUNTRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS AND TO HOPEFULLY FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SOMEONE WHO I THINK AS THE LIST OF MOST ADMIRED AMERICANS WOULD REFLECT WITH REVEREND GRAHAM BEING ON THAT LIST FOR 60 YEARS. THAT SOMEONE LIKE THAT CAN HAVE SUCH A GREAT IMPACT. SO I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU. I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE BARLY LOUDERMILK OF GEORGIA.

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                                                    MR. LOUDERMILK

                                                    THANK YOU, I THANK MY FRIEND MR. HULTGREN FOR TAKING TIME TO DO SOMETHING…

                                                    THANK YOU, I THANK MY FRIEND MR. HULTGREN FOR TAKING TIME TO DO SOMETHING SO WORTHY. WE LIVE IN A CITY WHERE WE HAVE VAST MONUMENTS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEFT AN IMPACT ON THIS NATION OR ON THE WORLD. YOU WALK THE HALLS OF THIS GRAND AND BEAUTIFUL CAPITOL, THERE ARE STATUES OF THOSE WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT MARKS AND CHANGES TO THIS NATION. AS I STAND HERE TODAY I THINK THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS GOING TO LAY IN HONOR IN THE ROTUNDA TOMORROW LEFT SUCH AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD, HE'S PROBABLY THE GREATEST IMPACT ON THIS NATION AND THIS WORLD OF MODERN TIMES. AN THE MONUMENT TO HIM IS IN THE HEARTS OF LITERALLY BILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HE TOUCHED WITH ONE SIMPLE MESSAGE. GOD LOVES YOU. THAT WAS AS SIMPLE AS BILLY GRAHAM WOULD SPEAK TO THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT GOD LOVES YOU AND HE CARES ABOUT YOU INDIVIDUALLY. AS A PERSON. THAT RESONATES SO -- RESONATED SO STRONG THAT IT'S ESTIMATED THAT, AND THIS WAS IN 2008, THAT THROUGH HIS MINISTRIES AND RADIO AND TELEVISION AND HIS CRUSADES HE REACHED OVER 2.2 BILLION PEOPLE WITH A SIMPLE MESSAGE THAT GOD LOVES YOU. AND IT'S A MESSAGE OF TRUTH. HE HAS HAD SUCH AN IMPACT AS HAS BEEN SPOKEN OF EARLIER, THE NUMBER OF WORLD LEADERS HE IMPACTED WITH THAT SIMPLE MESSAGE. AND THE WORDS HE SHARED AND HE LEFT US MANY QUOTES, AND MANY OF US ARE INSPIRED BY THOSE QUOTES BUT THE WORDS HE USED THAT WERE MOST IMPACTFUL FOR THE WORDS OF JESUS HE JUST REPEATED THE WORDS THAT CHRIST HAD GIVEN US. HE WAS ALSO A MAN OF GREAT, GREAT COURAGE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP HE HAD WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND IN THE 1950'S, WHEN BILLY GRAHAM CAME TO THE SOUTH AND HE WAS GOING TO PREACH AT ONE OF THE CRUSADES HE NOTICED THERE WAS A ROPE RUNNING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE CONDITIONING GATION, A ROPE THAT SEPARATED WHITES FROM BLACKS. HE WAS SO OFFENDED HE WENT AND ASKED THAT THAT ROPE BE REMOVED. WHEN THE USHERS REFUSED TO DO IT, BILLY GRAHAM WENT AND MOVED THE ROPE HIMSELF. THAT SPARKED A -- A FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PENNED HIS FAMOUS LETTER FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, HE CONDEMNED A LOT OF CHURCHES FOR NOT BEING ENGAGED IN WHAT WE BELIEVE THAT GOD CREATED EVERYONE IN HIS IMAGE AND THEY SHOULD ALL BE EQUAL. BILLY GRAHAM WAS NOT ONE OF THESE HE STOOD STRONG. IN FACT WHEN -- IN 1960 WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAS IN PRISON, BILLY GRAHAM PAID HIS BAIL. BILLY GRAHAM HAS LEFT A MARK. WE STILL FIGHT SOME OF THE BATTLES HE WARNED US OF AND FOUGHT BACK THEN. A COUPLE OF QUOTES THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME THAT BILLY GRAHAM LEFT US US OF AND WITH, IS, ONE IS, GOD'S WILL WON'T TAKE US WHERE GOD'S LOVE WILL NOT SUSTAIN US. HE ALSO STATED THAT THE FOUNDERS WHO PENNED OUR CONSTITUTION BELIEVED IN FREEDOM OF RELIGION, NOT A FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. AND FINALLY, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE IN A TIME OF CRISIS IN THIS NATION, THINGS ARE HAPPENING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND. THE LAST QUOTE THAT I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THAT BILLY GRAHAM SAID IS, I'VE READ THE LAST PAGE OF THE BIBLE AND IT'S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

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                                                  • 07:05:56 PM

                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU, BARRY. NEXT, HONORED TO RECOGNIZE DOUG LAMALFA FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                                  • 07:06:07 PM

                                                    MR. LAMALFA

                                                    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE MR. HULTGREN FOR HIS LEADING THIS EFFORT HERE…

                                                    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE MR. HULTGREN FOR HIS LEADING THIS EFFORT HERE TONIGHT BUT ALSO HIS GREAT SPIRITUAL COUNSEL AND PARTNERSHIP IN THIS BUILDING HERE. IT'S VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. INDEED, YOU ARE ONE OF GOD'S GREAT SERVANTS. AS I , HEN BACK ON MY YEARS OF, WHEN WE SAW BILLY GRAHAM ON TV, THE INSPIRATIONAL CHARACTER HE WAS THAT -- AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT HAVE ALLUDED TO IT AS WELL. HE LIVED A VERY, VERY FULL LIFE. A SELFLESS LIFE. AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE LEADERS THAT HAVE COME THROUGH WASHINGTON, INDEED WHAT IS THIS TOWN NAMED FOR? GEORGE WASHINGTON. WHO IS PROBABLY THE SINGLE MOST SELFLESS POLITICIAN I CAN EVER THINK OF IN TERMS OF GIVING OF SERVICE, PUTTING HIMSELF LEFT AND THE COUNTRY FIRST HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE KING. HE DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO PRESIDE SO MUCH. BUT HE WANTED TO HELP. GOD WAS ALWAYS ON HIS SIDE. I SEE IN BILLY GRAHAM THAT SAME KIND OF GREATNESS OF FOUNDING POLICIES, FOUNDING VALUES. OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND OUR FOUNDERS MANIFESTED IN A MAN WHO REACHED AND SAVED MILLIONS. IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THOSE YEARS WITH HIS CRUSADES. A COUPLE OF MY COLLEAGUES ALREADY MENTIONED HIS INTERACTION, HIS -- WITH DR. KING AND WITH THIS BEING BLACK HISTORY MONTH THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS OF IT HERE, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO TOUCH ON THAT AS WELL. BILLY GRAHAM HELPED BE A FORCE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, SHOWING THE WAY FOR OTHERS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN HESITANT OR BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIER FOR THOSE WHO STILL WANTED TO SUSTAIN SEGREGATION MY COLLEAGUE MENTIONED AT THE CHATTANOOGA RALLY WHERE HE HIMSELF WENT DOWN WHEN THE USHERS WOULD NOT DO IT AND REMOVED THOSE ROPES SO IT WOULD BE INTEGRATED BECAUSE IN GOD'S EYES, ALL ARE EQUAL. AND SETTING OUT IN THE CONSTITUTION, ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL. SO BILLY GRAHAM SUSTAINED THAT IN HIS YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH DR. KING AND SHOWING THAT HE WAS A NONPARTISAN, NONRACIAL LEADER, HELPED SAVE THE LIVES OF ALL MEN CREATED EQUAL. SO THAT GOES SO FAR THAT HE'S WILLING TO PUT IT ON THE LINE. HE MADE THE HEAD USHER RESIGN THAT DAY WHEN HE MADE THAT COURAGEOUS, BUT WHAT HE FELT PROBABLY WASN'T COURAGEOUS AT ALL BUT THE RIGHT ACTION. SO BILLY GRAHAM EVEN TO HIS LAST DAY WHEN HE MADE A SHORT VIDEO WAS ALL ABOUT INFORMING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS, ABOUT THE SALVATION THEY COULD HAVE IF THEY WOULD JUST EMBRACE JESUS, AND FIND WHAT ETERNAL LIFE REALLY IS ALL ABOUT. THAT IT ISN'T WHAT TREASURES WE STORE HERE ON THIS PLANET BUT THE ONES WE STORE IN HEAVEN. WE EMBRACE THEM. NEVER ANOTHER LIKE HIM BUT WE CAN ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM WITH PRIDE AND AS HE WOULD SAY HIMSELF THAT HIS STORES ARE IN HEAVEN AND HE'LL BE STRONGER UP THERE WITH HIS LEGACY AND MEMORY AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS THAT GO ON TO DO WHAT HE DOES. GOD BLESS BILLY GRAHAM AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TONIGHT, MR. HULTGREN.

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                                                  • 07:09:25 PM

                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU, MR. LAMALFA. NEXT HONORED TO RECOGNIZE PETE OLSON FROM TEXAS.

                                                  • 07:09:31 PM

                                                    MR. OLSON

                                                    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY LIVES AND SOULS…

                                                    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY LIVES AND SOULS REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM SAVED. WE KNOW THAT FOR EVERY ONE HE SAVED , HE SAVED TWO. TWO SAVED FOUR. FOUR SAVED EIGHT. ETC., ETC., ETC. ONE LIFE WE KNOW HE SAVED WAS WILLIE S -- WAS LOUIE'S SANPARINI, HIS STORY IS IN A BOOK CALLED "UNBROKEN" AND A MOVIE BY THE SAME NAME. HE WAS A TRACK STAR, A SILVER MEDAL IN THE 1956 GAMES IN MUNICH. AND WORLD WAR II, HE FLEW B-24 BOMBERS. THAT WAS A DANGEROUS PLANE. TWICE HIS PLANE CRASHED. THE SECOND TIME, HE FLOATED IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN FOR 47 DAYS. HE SAID, I QUOTE, GOD, IF I SURVIVE THIS ORDEAL AND GET BACK TO AMERICA ALIVE, I'LL SEEK YOU AND SERVE YOU. END QUOTE. HE WAS CAPTURED BY THE JAPANESE AND SPENT THE REST OF THE WAR IN A PRISON OF WAR TISSUE A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP IN JAPAN. A GUARD THERE HE CALLED THE BIRD KNEW OF LOUIE'S FAITH AND BEAT HIM TO A PULP EVERY SINGLE TAI. LOUIE SAID, QUOTE, I WAS CONSTANTLY BEING TORMENTED BY THAT GUY. AND YOU TALK ABOUT HATE, I WANTED TO KILL HIM. END QUOTE. HIS NIGHTMARES, THE P.O.W. CAMP CAME HOME. HE WAS CON SUMED BY ANGER. ONE NIGHT, LOUIE DREAMED HE WAS STRANGLING THE BIRD TO DEATH. INSTEAD HE WOKE UP TO FIND OUT HE WAS STRANGLING HIS WIFE CYNTHIA. HE STARTED GETTING DRUNK AS A SKUNK EVERY NIGHT TO FORGET ABOUT THE HORRORS THAT PLAGUED HIM. WITH HER HUSBAND GETTING DRUNK EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, CYNTHIA FILED FOR DIVORCE. AND THAT'S WHEN A FRIEND INVITED HER TO SEE THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE IN LOS ANGELES TENT DUBBED THE CANVAS CATHEDRAL. SHE ACCEPTED CHRIST THAT NIGHT. THE CONVINCED LOUIE TO ATTEND REVEREND GRAHAM'S SERVICE. AFTER STORMING OUT OF THE TENT THE FIRST NIGHT, LOUIE RETURNED FOR ONE MORE EVENING. THAT TIME THE BIBLE VERSE BILLY GRAHAM QUOTED WENT STRAIGHT TO LOUIE'S HEART. HE SAID, QUOTE, OF ALL MY NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES, MY LIFE NEVER PASSED BEFORE MY EYES, BUT WHEN BILLY GRAHAM QUOTED SCRIPTURE, MY LIFE DID PASS BEFORE MY EYES. END QUOTE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, LOUIE REMEMBERED THE PROMISE HE MADE GOD WHEN HE WAS FLOATING IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. THAT NIGHT HE WENT FORWARD AND ACCEPTED CHRIST. AND THE BIGGEST MIRACLE OF HIS LIFE WAS SET IN MOTION. HIS TRANSFORMATION WAS SO COMPLETE HE RETURNED TO JAPAN TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH HUNDREDS OF JAPANESE TROOPS THAT TORTURED HIM. HE ONCE HATED. HE WATCHED AS MANY OF THEM ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST. HE WANTED TO SHARE HIS FAITH ALL AROUND THE WORLD, SPEAKING AT SEVERAL BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADES AND HAVING A GREAT FRIENDSHIP WITH REVEREND GRAHAM THAT LASTED UNTIL LOUIE'S DEATH OF JULY 2 OF 2014. BEFORE HE DIED, LOUIE SAID THESE IMPORTANT WORDS. QUOTE, THIS BILLY GRAHAM THING IS A PHENOMENAL MIRACLE THE WAY IT STARTED. THE WAY IT SPREAD OUT. I'M ONE GUY THAT GOVERNMENT SAVED AND I HAVE SPOKEN TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS AND HAD MY PAPERS WHERE MILLIONS READ. ONE PERSON. THINK OF THE SPIDER WEB EFFECT ALL OVER THE WORLD. THANK GOD FOR REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. AMEN, LOUIE. THANK GOD FOR REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 07:15:00 PM

                                                    MR. HULTGREN

                                                    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN OLSON. SO GRATEFUL FOR SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO…

                                                    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN OLSON. SO GRATEFUL FOR SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE ABLE TO JOIN US TONIGHT. TO REMEMBER REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM. BORN NOVEMBER, 1918. DIED FEBRUARY 21, 2018. BILLY GRAHAM WAS A LION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND A BELIEVER IN THE ALL-ENCOMPASSING LOVE OF GOD,, FOR ALL PEOPLE -- GOD, FOR ALL PEOPLE. I KNEW BILLY GRAHAM FROM SUCH AN EARLY AGE, KNEW OF HIM, KNEW OF HIS MINISTRY. WAS STRUCK EVEN MORE SO, MOST OF MY GROWING -- GROWING UP YEARS WERE IN WHEATEN, ILLINOIS, WHERE BILLY GRAHAM WENT TO SCHOOL, MET HIS WIFE, AND MUCH OF HIS MINISTRY STARTED IN THAT AREA AROUND THERE. HIS MINISTRY SPANNED GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT AND CULTURE, BUT HIS CORE MESSAGE REMAINED UNCHANGED THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFETIME. HIS EVANGELICAL GATHERINGS ATTRACTED MILLIONS THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE FOR DECADES AND HIS NAME IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD, AS MANY HAVE SAID TONIGHT. MAYBE THE MOST RECOGNIZED, ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED NAMES AND MOST RESPECTED THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFETIME. I REMEMBER WAY BACK IN 1971. I WAS 5 YEARS OLD. MY MOM AND DAD BROUGHT ME DOWN TO MCCORE MCPLACE DOWN IN DOWNTOWN, -- MCCORMICK PLACE, DOWN IN DOWNTOWN, CHICAGO, TO BE PART OF THE IN THE 71 BILLY GRAHAM CREW -- TO BE PART OF THE 1971 BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE. I WAS A LITTLE 5-YEAR-OLD BOY BUT I STILL REMEMBER THAT NIGHT. I REMEMBER THE POWER OF THE MESSAGE. I REMEMBER THE POWER OF THIS MESSENGER OF GOD. SHARING HIS LOVE FOR US. BUT ALSO THE TRUTH OF THE LOVE THAT JESUS HAS FOR US. THAT HE GAVE EVERYTHING, THAT I COULD HAVE HOPE, THAT I COULD HAVE NEW LIFE. EVEN AS A LITTLE BOY, THAT AFFECTED ME. IT MOVED ME. IT MOVED ME SO MUCH THAT IT HAD ME ASK MORE QUESTIONS OF MY OWN MOM AND DAD WHEN I GOT HOME AND ULTIMATELY IT WAS THAT SAME YEAR, RIGHT AROUND THAT TIME, WHEN I RECOGNIZED THAT I WAS SINFUL. EVEN AS A LITTLE BOY I WAS SELFISH. THAT I NEEDED HELP. I NEEDED A SAVIOR. I NEEDED SOMEONE TO PAY A PRICE THAT I COULDN'T PAY. AND AS BILLY GRAHAM STATED, AS MY MOM AND DAD TAUGHT ME, AS MY OWN GRANDPA HAD TAUGHT ME, ONLY JESUS COULD PAY THAT PRICE. AND HE WANTED TO DO IT. TO GIVE ME THAT FREE GIFT OF REDEMPTION, THE HOPE THAT WE CAN HAVE ONLY THROUGH JESUS. THAT WAS THE STORY. AND THE MESSAGE OF BILLY GRAHAM. JUMPING FORWARD QUITE A FEW YEARS. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE JUST 12 YEARS AGO OF BEING DOWN IN LOUISIANA, WENT TO THE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY. ALSO KNOWN AS ANGOLA. LOUISIANA STATE PEN TEFRPBLRY WAS KNOWN AS THE -- PENITENTIARY WAS KNOWN AS THE BLOODIEST PRISON IN ALL OF AMERICA FOR DECADES. MORE KILLINGS, MORE VIOLENCE THAN ANY OTHER PRISON. AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED. GOD USED SOME PEOPLE SPECIFICALLY -- PEOPLE, SPECIFICLY A WARDEN. WARDEN MCCAIN WHO CAME, AND OTHERS. TO CHANGE THE HEART OF THESE INMATES. THEY BROUGHT A SEMINARY INTO THIS LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY. NOW, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS IN LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY HAVE GONE THROUGH SEMINARY, NEW ORLEANS SEMINARY. THAT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE PRISON. AND HAVE GAINED THEIR OWN BIBLE GRADUATE DEGREES OF BEING PASTORS. ALTHOUGH THEY'RE STILL IN PRISON. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CHANGED IN LOUISIANA STATE PEN TRENCHRY -- PENITENTIARY, HAD IT -- IT HAD BEEN WHEN PRISONERS DIED THERE, WHEN MISS IT NERS DIED THEY WOULD BE THROWN -- WHEN PRISONERS DIED THEY WOULD BE THROWN IN A DITCH AND THROWN SOME DIRT ON TOP OF THEM. THE WARDEN AND OTHERS FELT THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY INHUMANE TREATMENT FOR ANYBODY. EVEN PRISONERS. AND SO THEY CHANGED SOMETHING. THEY HAVE A WOOD WORKING PROGRAM THERE AND THE INMATES OF ANGOLA STARTED MAKING CASKETS FOR THEIR FELLOW PRISONERS WHO WOULD DIE IN PRISON. THEY HAND CRAFT THESE CASKETS SO THAT THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. HAND CRAFTED, RECOGNIZING THAT EVERY LIFE SOPHOMORE INIFY NATE VALUE BECAUSE -- LIFE IS OF INFINITE VALUE BECAUSE GOD AND LIVED AND DIED FOR THAT LIFE. BILLY'S SON WAS DOWN IN LOUISIANA STATE PEN TRENCHRY A FEW -- PENITENTIARY A FEW YEARS AGO, WENT ON A TOUR, SAW THE CASKETS BEING MADE FOR INMATES. HE TALKED TO HIS MOM AND DAD AND THE GRAHAMS SAID, WE WANT TO BE BURIED IN CASKETS THAT WERE MADE BY PRISONERS. SO I AM SO EXCITED TOMORROW, THIS UNBELIEVABLE HONOR OF BILLY GRAHAM BEING LAID IN HONOR IN THE UNITED STATES ROTUNDA, ONE OF ONLY FOUR PEOPLE WHO HAD THAT GREAT HONOR. BUT ALSO THE STORY THAT'S GOING TO BE TOLD. THAT BILLY GRAHAM IS GOING TO BE LAID IN THE ROTUNDA IN A CASKET THAT WAS MADE BY PRISONERS IN LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY. WHAT AN AMAZING STATEMENT OF HUMILITY, OF RECOGNIZING THAT WE'RE ALL THE SAME. WE'RE ALL BROKEN PEOPLE. WE ALL NEED SAVING. WHETHER WE'RE PREACHING TO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, OR WHETHER WE'RE IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BECAUSE OF THE MISTAKES WE'VE MADE. WE ALL CANNOT REACH THAT STANDARD, THAT PERFECT STANDARD , TO BE WITH GOD FOREVER. WE NEED SOMEONE TO HELP US REACH THAT. AND ONLY JESUS CAN HELP US DO THAT. BILLY GRAHAM RECOGNIZED THAT. THE STATEMENT IS GOING TO BE VERY CLEAR IN THE ROTUNDA. JUST OUTSIDE OF THESE DOORS. TOMORROW, OVER THE NEXT DAY AND A HALF, OF REP RECOGNITION OF HIS LIFE -- OF RECOGNITION OF HIS LIFE. AND THEN ULTIMATELY HE WILL BE BURIED THERE. I REMEMBER BACK, AND I'LL END WITH THIS, JUST THE MESSAGE OF BILLY GRAHAM. VERY CLEAR. TWO QUESTIONS THAT I THINK SORP IMPORTANT FOR BILLY GRAHAM. ONE, -- THAT WERE SO IMPORTANT FOR BILLY GRAHAM. ONE, THE QUESTION I'M GOING TO HAVE, THE FIRST QUESTION I HAVE FOR GOD WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN IS WHY ME? WHY ME? A FARM KID FROM NORTH CAROLINA THAT COULD BARELY MAKE IT THROUGH SCHOOL. WHY ME? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ME AS AN INSTRUMENT? AND I THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION GOES BACK TO ISIAH. ISIAH 6:8. WHEN ISIAH HEARD THE LORD SAYING, WHOM SHALL I SEND, AND ISIAH SAID, HERE I AM, LORD, SEND ME. THAT'S WHAT BILLY GRAHAM DID. HE SAID, HERE I AM, LORD, SEND ME. BROKEN, IMPERFECT, NOT A GREAT SPEAKER. BUT HERE I AM. SEND ME. AND THROUGH THAT WILLINGNESS, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF LIVES WERE TOUCHED. THE LAST QUESTION WAS ONE THAT I HEARD WHEN I WENT TO THAT CRUSADE IN 1971. AND IT WAS, WHO IS JESUS TO YOU? THIS PERSON OF JESUS THAT HAS IMPACTED MORE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD THAN ANY OTHER PERSON, WHO IS JESUS TO YOU? IT WAS A QUESTION THAT I HAD TO STRUGGLE WITH EVEN AS A 5-YEAR-OLD. I CONTINUE TO LEARN AND GROW AND UNDERSTAND JESUS. AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS OF WHO JESUS IS. NO ONE CAN DENY HE WAS A REAL PERSON WHO HAD MORE IMPACT ON THIS WORLD THAN ANYBODY ELSE. WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT BILLY GRAHAM HAS HAD. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE IMPACT THAT BILLY GRAHAM HAD. SO HE ASKED THE QUESTION, WHO IS JESUS? AND I THINK IT'S WORTH THE STUDY, TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK INTO WHO WAS THIS MAN THAT LIVED 2,000 YEARS AGO, AND YET AFFECTED EVERYTHING, EVEN OUR CALENDAR IS ADJUSTED TO HIS LIFE, WHO IS THIS JESUS? AND I THINK THE QUESTION IS, AS YOU DIG IN AND ASK QUESTIONS AND STUDIES, THE QUESTION IS, IS THIS THE JESUS WHO HE SAID HE IS, OR ISN'T HE? IS HE A LIAR, A LUNATIC, OR IS HE LORD? LORD AND SAVIOR? THE ONLY HOPE, THE LIGHT OF THIS WORLD. I BELIEVE THAT THAT IS EXACTLY WHO THIS JESUS IS. IT WAS WHAT BILLY GRAHAM TALKED ABOUT. AND, AGAIN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THIS TIME. I WANT TO CLOSE JUST WITH A VERSE. MANY PEOPLE REMEMBER FROM THE BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADES THE CLOSING OF THOSE CRUSADES, WERE LED WITH A CALL FOR PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD. BUT ALSO WITH AN AMAZING HYMN. "JUST AS I AM." JUST AS I AM, WITHOUT ONE PLEA. BUT THAT THY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR ME. I COME. JUST AS I AM. AND WAITING NOT TO RID MY SOUL OF ONE DARK BELOW THE. TO THEE WHOSE BLOOD CAN CLEANSE EACH SPOT. O LAMB OF GOD, I COME. THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS MESSAGE OF HOPE WITH SO MANY PEOPLE. WE ARE SO HONORED TO RECOGNIZE HIM, TO THANK HIS FAMILY. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  • 07:23:43 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR…

                                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR REMINDING US OF THE ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT WORK THAT REVEREND BILLY -- THAT WAS DONE. AND TOMORROW'S SESSION HERE ON THE FLOOR, HERE IN THE CAPITOL, WHERE HE'LL BE LYING IN STATE. I RECALL VERY CLEARLY THE DAY THAT MY WIFE AND I MET MR. GRAHAM. REVEREND GRAHAM. IN SACRAMENTO. WHEN HE WAS HAVING ONE OF HIS MINISTRIES THERE IN THE CITY. WE ATTENDED AND IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. AND WE MET WITH HIM PERSONALLY AFTER THE EVENT. AND LIKE THE MILLIONS AND INDEED BILLIONS OF PEOPLE THAT HEARD HIM SPEAK, WE TOO WERE MOVED. EARLIER WHEN I LEARNED OF HIS PASSING, I SAID THAT, WELL, HE IS NO LONGER WITH US PHYSICALLY. HIS WORK REMAINS WITH US. HIS SPEECHES, HIS RECORDINGS, HIS VIDEOS. THEY'RE ALL THERE. FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS. AND INDEED FOR OUR GENERATION. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING TO OUR ATTENTION WHAT IS A PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT EVENT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL. WHEN REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM LIES IN STATE. A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS I'D LIKE TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE FLOOR. ONE, FORTUNATELY IS NOT A DEATH. BUT RATHER A RETIREMENT. THIS ONE FOR DEBBIE DAVIS. THE EDITOR AND ASSISTANT PUBLISHER OF THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE. AND FOR HER SERVICE TO THE DAVIS COMMUNITY AND TO CONGRATULATE HER ON HER RETIREMENT. FOR OVER 38 YEARS, MRS. DAVIS HAS HELPED UNITE AND INFORM THE DAVIS COMMUNITY THROUGH HER WORK AT THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE. THE LOCAL PAPER. HER WORK EXPERTISE EARNED HER A REPUTATION AS A RESPECTED JOURNALIST AND THERE'S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT HER LEGACY WILL HAVE LASTING IMPACT ON THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. THE BREADTH OF MRS. DAVIS' ACCOMPLISHMENT IS AN ACHIEVEMENT. SOME OF HER MOST NOTABLE MILESTONES INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 2017 CENTENNIAL MAGAZINE THAT CELEBRATED THE BUSINESSES AND LEADERS THAT BUILT THE DAVIS COMMUNITY. THOSE OF US WHO MAKE MEMORY BOOKS, AND OVER 10,700 EDITION, HAVE BEEN USED AT THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE. I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE DAVIS COMMUNITY WHEN I SAY THANK YOU TO DEBBIE DAVIS FOR HER GENEROUS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY OF DAVIS, CALIFORNIA. WE ALL WISH YOU THE BEST, AS YOU ENJOY YOUR WELL-DESERVED RETIREMENT. SO, IF I MIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, MOVE ON TO OTHER EVENTS. SOME OF THEM EVENTS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE DAYS AHEAD. IF I MIGHT RETRIEVE MY -- THANK YOU FOR THE BRIEF INTERRUPTION, MR. SPEAKER. NORMALLY I WOULD BRING THIS OUT WITH ME. BUT I WANTED TO COVER THE BILLY GRAHAM EVENT. I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE ENJOYED THIS PARTICULAR SAYING FROM FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT. I USE THIS WHENEVER I START MY PRESENTATIONS HERE ON THE FLOOR. BECAUSE IT REMINDS ME OF VALUES, AT LEAST THE VALUE THAT I THINK OUGHT TO BE BASIC TO OUR WORK HERE IN COFPBLGT SO ALLOW ME TO -- CONGRESS. SO ALLOW ME TO REPEAT NOT FOR THE FIRST BUT MAYBE FOR ANOTHER DOZEN TIMES, THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, BUT RATHER IT IS WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS. IT'S INTERESTING THAT THERE'S SO MUCH WE NEED TO DO. SO MUCH WE NEED TO DO HERE IN AMERICA. PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE WHAT HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. ARE WE REALLY MAKING PROGRESS? WELL, I THINK WE OUGHT TO SPEND SOME MOMENTS TALKING ABOUT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. AND ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS? WELL, NO, NOT REALLY. WE ONCE WERE THE MOST ADVANCED INFRASTRUCTURE, HIGHWAYS, RAIL SYSTEMS, TRANSIT SYSTEMS, AIRPORTS, MARITIME PORTS IN THE WORLD. WE HAD GREAT DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS. YOU'D COME TO AMERICA AND DRINK WATER ANYWHERE AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE QUALITY OR THE CONTAMINATION OF THAT WATER. BUT HERE IT IS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, AVIATION, WE'RE RANKED AS A D. BRIDGES, A C. DAMS, A D. DRINKING WATER, D. PARKS AND RECREATION, D. PORTS OF SEA -- PORTS, A C. RAIL WE'RE DOING OK. ROADS A D. WE SEE THAT EVERY DAY. SCHOOL SYSTEMS. AND WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT SAFE SCHOOLS. LOTS OF TALK AS A RESULT OF THE TRAGIC SHOOTING IN FLORIDA ABOUT MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE. WELL, SCHOOLS REALLY RANK IN THE D CATEGORY, WHETHER THEY ARE SAFE OR NOT. THEY'RE RANKING IS -- THEY'RE RANKING AS D'S. TRANSIT IS A D AND DECLINING. WASTE WATER IS A D. WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH PLACES AROUND THE NATION. OH, THIS BRIDGE, ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO THIS WAS A BRIDGE THAT CONNECTED THE UNITED STATES TO CANADA. THIS WAS THE INTERSTATE 5 BRIDGE, A ROAD, AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, TOITY HANNA, MEXICO -- TO TIJUANA, MEXICO. INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BRIDGE COLLAPSED. ON THE WATER ON THE WATER SIDE OF LIFE, MOST OF US WOULD BE FAMILIAR THAT ONE YEAR AGO, THE SPILLWAY AT THE HIGHEST DAM IN THE UNITED STATES, QUITE POSSIBLY IN THE WORLD, SPILLWAY GAVE WAY DURING THE HEAVY RAINS OF THE 2017 YEAR. AND WE CREATED THE BIGGEST WATERFALL IN THE WORLD. WENT ON FOR SOME TIME. ALSO THREATENED THE LIVES OF 200,000 PEOPLE DOWNSTREAM THAT HAD LESS THAN THREE HOURS TO EVACUATE. HAD THIS SPILLWAY FURTHER ERODED, A 30-FOOT WALL OF WATER WOULD HAVE DESCENDED ON THOSE COMMUNITIES AND THE WATER WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 50 FEET DEEP WITHIN ONE HOUR. FORTUNATELY, THE RAIN STOPPED. OTHERWISE, WHO KNOWS. SO WE HAVE A NEED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS GREAT BIG INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. $200 BILLION NEW DOLLARS, $1.5 TRILLION NEW $S OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT BEYOND FEDERAL PARTICIPATION. SOUNDS GOOD UNTIL YOU READ THE BIG PRINT. NOT EVEN THE SMALL PRINT, BUT THE BIG PRINT. SO WHAT IS THE TRUMP -- WHAT DOES THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN BRING TO US? WELL, THE $200 BILLION OF FEDERAL MONEY? IT'S NOT NEW MONEY. IT IS EXISTING MONEY. S THE REPROGRAMMING OF EXISTING MONEY AND IN FACT, IT TAKES $168 BILLION FROM EXISTING TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS, HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT, AND REPURPOSES IT OVER TO SOME NEW PROGRAMS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO DO THE SAME THING. NO NEW MONEY. JUST MONEY TAKEN FROM AN EXISTING PROGRAM THAT'S WORKING. UNDERFUNDED, TO BE SURE, BUT WORKING. AND TRANSFERRED IT OVER TO A NEW PROGRAM THE PRESIDENT CAN PUT HIS GOLD LETTER, T-R-HUMBINGS M-PEN IT AND WOW WHAT A WONDERFUL THING THAT'S BEEN DONE. WELL, CONFUSION AND THE LIKE. IT ALSO PAISES THE WAY -- DOESN'T WAIVE THE HIGHWAYS BUT DOES PAVE THE WAY FOR WALL STREET AND FOREIGN INVESTORS TO SET UP TOLL ROADS ON OUR INTERSTATE FREEWAYS. WELL, THAT'S A GREAT IDEA. SLASH FEDERAL INVESTMENTS AND PASSES THE BUCK TO CASH STARVED STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. RIGHT NOW, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT, ABOUT 80% OF THAT MONEY COMES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 20% FROM LOCALS. IN LEVEES, I REPRESENT ONE OF THE MOST FLOOD PRONE AREAS, I CAN PUT THE PICTURE OF OROVILLE DAM BACK UP. 75% FEDERAL, 25% LOCAL. SO WHAT DOES THE TRUMP GREAT INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN DO? IT FLIPS THAT OVER AND GUESS WHAT? FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 25% FOR LEVEES THE LOCALS WILL PAY 75%. WOW. THAT'S HELPFUL. WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GET THE MONEY? AND FOR TRANSIT, 80% FEDERAL, 20% -- NO, NOT THE TRUMP PLAN. 20% FEDERAL, 80% WILL CALL. WHERE ARE THEY TO GET THE MONEY? BIG QUESTION. SO, WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? WHY IS IT THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BIG NEW FABULOUS, WONDERFUL TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM HAS NO MONEY? JUST EXISTING MONEY. TAKEN FROM EXISTING PROGRAMS AND PUT INTO NEW LABELED PROGRAMS THAT ARE TO ACCOMPLISH THE SAME THING BUT WITH LESS FEDERAL SUPPORT. SO ONE MIGHT WONDER WHAT HAPPENED HERE. WHY IS THERE NO NEW FEDERAL MONEY? WHY ISN'T ALL OF THOSE D'S SUPPORTED BY NEW FEDERAL PROGRAMS SO THAT WE HAVE A ROBUST INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM FOR THE UNITED STATES? ONE IN WHICH MEN AND WOMEN WOULD BE EMPLOYED BUILDING THE FUNDATION FOR TOMORROW'S ECONOMY. TENS OF THOUSANDS, INDEED, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, COULD BE EMPLOYED IF THE TRILLION DOLLARS, TRILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS HE TALKS ABOUT WERE REAL MONEY. IT'S NOT. WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? WELL. I SUPPOSE SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE BEEN LISTENING WHEN THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE LEGISLATION AND THEN TOOK HIS AIR FORCE ONE JET TO FLORIDA, ENTERED HIS RESORT AT MAR-A-LAGO AND ANNOUNCED TO HIS GUESTS, I JUST MADE YOU A WHOLE LOT RICHER. INTEED, HE DID. AND ONE PERSON -- [INAUDIBLE] WAS THIS GENTLEMAN WHO HAS SAID REPEATEDLY OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, I DON'T NEED MORE MONEY. I'M QUITE WEALTHY, THANK YOU. DON'T DO A TAX CUT THAT MAKES ME EVEN MORE WEALTHY. BARREN BUFFETT. WHAT DID THE TAX CUT DO FOR WARREN BUFFETT? AND BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY? WELL IT WAS A $29 BILLION CHRISTMAS GIFT. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT WAS QUITE CORRECT. HE DID MAKE THE RICH EVEN RICHER. I THANK MR. BUFFETT FOR BEING BRUTALLY HONEST AND SAYING HE DOESN'T NEED MORE MONEY. HE WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY LOOK AT WHAT F.D.R. SAID, THE TEST OF OUR PROGRESS IS NOT WHETHER WE ADD MORE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MUCH, WARREN BUFFETT SAID THIS LAST LINE. IT'S WHETHER WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TOO LITTLE. I THANK MR. BUFFETT. AND I'M SURE HE -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO WITH THE $29 BILLION. BUT I KNOW WHAT WE COULD HAVE DONE WITH $29 BILLION. WE COULD HAVE REPAIRED THE BRIDGES OF AMERICA. WE COULD HAVE REPAIRED THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DAMS ACROSS AMERICA THAT ARE AT RISK. THAT'S WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITH THE $29 BILLION THAT WENT TO MR. BUFFETT. AND OH, HE WASN'T THE ONLY THAT BENEFITED FROM THOSE TAX CUTS. ONE OF THE WALL STREET COMPANIES, MOR FAN STANLEY, DID AN ANALYSIS OF THE CORPORATE TAX CUTS. WHICH ABOUT $1 TRILLION OF THE $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT WENT TO CORPORATIONS. SO WHAT DID THE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS DO WITH THAT $1 TRILLION WINDFALL? MORGAN STANLEY JUST THIS LAST WEEK REPORTED THAT THEIR ANALYSIS IS THAT 62% OF THAT TRILLION DOLLAR WINDFALL WILL BE USED BY THE CORPORATIONS TO BUY OTHER COMPANIES. MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS. ABOUT 19%. AND 43% WILL GO FOR BUYBACKS OF STOCK AND DIVIDENDS. OH, ALL THE TALK ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES BENEFITING. WELL, LET'S SEE. ABOUT 13% IS HEADED FOR BONUSES AND RAISES. JUST 17% OF THAT $1 TRILLION IS EXPECTED TO BE USED TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE BUSINESS, NOT THROUGH MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS WHICH USUALLY RESULT IN LAYOFFS, NOT IN NEW JOBS, BUT RATHER IN WHAT ARE CALLED SAVINGS. IN OTHER WORDS, KNOWN AS LAYOFFS. JUST 17%. SO WHERE ARE THE JOBS? GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. NINE OF THE LARGE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES IN AMERICA HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY'RE GOING TO SPEND $50 BILLION OF THAT TAX CUT THAT THEY RECEIVED IN BUYBACKS. NOT IN CREATING NEW PHARMACEUTICAL AND DRUGS FOR SUCH ILLNESSES AS ALZHEIMER'S. IN FACT, PFIZER, ONE OF THE LARGE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO STOP THEIR RESEARCH ON ALZHEIMER'S. THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD SPEND THEIR MONEY INSTEAD ON BUYING BACK THEIR STOCK. SO THUS FAR, WE HAVEN'T FINISHED ALL THIS, THIS IS WHERE THEY EXPECT TO GO. AMERICAN CORPORATIONS HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED $178 BILLION, NEARLY A FIFTH OF THAT TRILLION DOLLAR TAX CUT, WOULD BE USED TO BUY BACK STOCK. THAT IS THE LARGEST AMOUNT EVER REPORTED IN ANY SINGLE QUARTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. NOW. MANY FOLKS HERE ON THE FLOOR ARE SAYING THAT OH, BUT LOOK WHAT WAL-MART IS DOING. THEY'RE GIVING OVER $400 MILLION OF BONUSES. WELL IF YOU AVERAGE THAT OUT AMONG ALL OF THEIR WORKERS, IT'S $190 PER WORKER. THAT'S NOT CHUMP CHANGE, THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT CRUMBS. THAT'S $190 AND THAT'S IMPORTANT. BUT THE TOTAL TAX CUT TO WAL-MART WAS $18 BILLION. THE $400 MILLION IS 2.% FOR BONUSES. AND SO -- IS 2.2% FOR BONUSES. AND SO IT GOES. THERE'S MORE. BOEING SAID IT WILL SPEND $300 MILLION ON EMPLOYEES AND INCREASE -- IN INCREASED WAGES OR BONUSES. AND AT THE SAME TIME THEY WILL SPEND $18 BILLION TO BUY BACK SHARES. DID I EXPLAIN WHAT A BUYBACK OF SHARES REALLY DOES? WELL, IT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SHARES THAT ARE ON THE MARKET, AND THEREFORE SIMULTANEOUSLY RAISES THE PRICE PER SHARE. OH, AND HOW ARE EXECUTIVE SALARIES AND BONUSES DETERMINED? BY THE SHARE PRICE. THE SHARE PRICE GOES UP, BIN GO, MORE MONEY FOR THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES. SO IF YOU WERE GIVEN A HUGE TRILLION DOLLAR WINDFALL IN REDUCED TAXES, WOULD YOU USE THAT FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT WHERE THE ACTUAL RETURN TO THE CORPORATION MAY TAKE THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS? OR WOULD YOU USE IT TO BUY BACK STOCKS WHICH AUTOMATICALLY WILL, IN VIRTUALLY EVERY CASE, RAISE THE SHARE PRICE AND IMMEDIATELY REWARD THE EXECUTIVES' BOTTOM LINE SALARY? NOT A TOUGH DECISION. AND WHAT -- OR WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO YOUR EMPLOYEES IN BONUSES AND RAISES WHEN YOU COULD USE TOYOTA BUY BACK STOCK. RAISE THE SHARE PRICE. AND WHOA, LO AND BEHOLD, GUESS WHAT, THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES PAY INCREASES. BECAUSE HIS PAY IS BASED ON THE STOCK PRICE. SIMPLE STUFF. DID I MENTION COMCAST LAID OFF OVER 500 EMPLOYEES AFTER REPORTEDLY SAYING THEY WOULD USE THEIR TAX CUTS TO GIVE A $1,000 YEAR END BONUS? ON AND THE SAME TIME THEY ANNOUNCED A $5 BILLION STOCK BUYBACK. FOR 2018. IT GOES ON AND ON. APPLE. $38 BILLION REDUCTION IN TAXES. MICROSOFT, $6.3 BILLION. CITIBANK, $22 BILLION. JOHNSON & JOHNSON $13 BILLION. QUALCOMM, $5. BILLION. SO. IF WE WANT TO REPAIR THE DAMS OR THE BRIDGES. WE'D HAVE TO HAVE MONEY. WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? WELL, IT DIDN'T GO TO THE BRIDGES. DIDN'T GO TO THE ROADS. THE GREAT INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN FROM THE PRESIDENT IS SIMPLY A SHELL GAME, MOVING MONEY FROM UNDER THIS SHELL TO UNDER THAT SHELL, NO NEW MONEY. AND MAKING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND STATE GOVERNMENTS PAY EVEN MORE. FOR THOSE WHO REPRESENT CALIFORNIA, PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, THERE'S ONE MORE. AND THAT IS, WE GET TO PAY TAXES ON TAXES THAT WE PAY TO THE STATE AND TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THAT'S A CHANGE. AND THE FIRST INCOME TAX LAW WAS WRITTEN NEARLY A CENTURY AGO, MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO THEY SAID THAT YOU WOULD NOT PAY TAXES ON THE TAXES THAT YOU PAID AND SO THEY ALLOWED FOR THE DEDUCTION OF STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. BUT HEY, THAT CHANGED. OUR PRESIDENT SAID, OUR PRESIDENT SAID, IT'S A WONDERFUL GIFT. WELL, IT'S NOT FOR CALIFORNIA. NOT FOR NEW YORK. NOT FOR NEW JERSEY. SO WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY? WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THIS. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT FOR EVERY 1% REDUCTION IN THE CORPORATE TAX RATE, THERE IS A $100 BILLION REDUCTION IN REVENUE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT THAT. NOW, I'M GOING TO WRAP THIS UP IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA FOR A LONG TIME. WHAT WE HAVE FROM THE TRUMP TAX CUT IS A RAW DEAL, A BAD DEAL, A TERRIBLE DEAL FOR AMERICA. THE FEDERAL TREASURY WAS GUTTED. NOT FOR THE BENEFIT -- LET ME CHANGE THAT. THE FEDERAL TREASURY WAS GUTTED . YES, THERE ARE BENEFITS FOR THE BROAD AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT THAT'S LIKE 17% OF THE TOTAL TAX CUT GOES TO THE BROAD AMERICAN PUBLIC. MIDDLE CLASS, UPPER MIDDLE, AND THE BOTTOM. IT'S USEFUL. IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE HELPFUL. BUT MORE THAN 80% WENT TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO ARE NOT USING IT AS I JUST SHOWED, NOT USING IT FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. NOT USING IT TO BUILD THEIR CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THEIR ABILITY TO MANUFACTURE MORE. BUT RATHER FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF WEALTH. THE STOCKHOLDERS OF AMERICA. WHO HAPPEN NOT TO BE THE BOTTOM 80%. WE NEED A BETTER DEAL. WE REALLY NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA. WE NEED THAT INFRASTRUCTURE. NOT THE PHONY INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED BUT A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH REAL MONEY. AND WE NEED TO MAKE THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IN AMERICA. SO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, INVEST IN AMERICA, IT ADDS UP FOR A BETTER DEAL FOR AMERICA. MY COLLEAGUE, AL GREEN FROM TEXAS, HAS SOME IMPORTANT THENTION TO ADD TO THE -- IMPORTANT THINGS TO ADD TO THE DISCUSSION TONIGHT ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT. BUT I JUST WANT TO REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT WHEN WE TALK ON THE FLOOR HERE WE TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, WE TALK ABOUT REAL CON CREATE STEEL PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE. WE TALK ABOUT TRYING TO COLLECT RESOURCES SO THAT WE CAN PAY FOR THIS. WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT ENGAGE IN VARIOUS FINANCING PROGRAMS SO THAT WE CAN OVER TIME BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND AS WE DO ALL OF THIS, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A BETTER DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. NOT THE RAW DEAL THAT THIS TAX SCAM GAVE TO AMERICANS. NOT THE KIND OF DEAL THAT "THE NEW YORK TIMES" SAYS INVESTORS WILL REAP THE REPUBLICAN TAX BONANZA. AND IF I MIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE THIS "NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL PLACED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. AND SO WITH THAT --

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                                                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                                    THANK YOU. I THINK WITH THAT IT'S TIME FOR KNOW YIELD THE FLOOR TO MY…

                                                    THANK YOU. I THINK WITH THAT IT'S TIME FOR KNOW YIELD THE FLOOR TO MY COLLEAGUE, AL GREEN, FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. AND I ALLOW HIM TO SHARE WITH US -- AND ALLOW HIM TO SHARE WITH US HIS CONCERNS THIS EVENING. MR. GREEN, IF I MIGHT PASS IT ON TO YOU.

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                                                    MR. GREEN

                                                    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.

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                                                    MR. GARAMENDI

                                                    IF YOU'LL WAIT JUST A SECOND. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HOUR AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                    MR. GREEN

                                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA'S…

                                                    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA'S THIRD, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR HIS VERY KIND REMARKS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HONORED TONIGHT TO PRESENT A RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE NAACP. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE. A GREAT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN THIS COUNTRY ON FEBRUARY 12, 1909. JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE BEEN THE CENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. I'M HONORED TO BE A PROUD MEMBER OF THE NAACP. I HOLD A LIFE MEMBERSHIP. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ACQUIRING AN EVEN HIGHER MEMBERSHIP IN THE NAACP. HONORED TO SAY THAT THIS RESOLUTION HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND IT IS A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AS WELL. ALSO HONORED TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ONE THAT I HOPE WILL SHED SOME ADDITIONAL LIGHT ON THE NAACP, ITS PURPOSE, AND SOME OF ITS ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THE NAACP IS THE NATION'S OLDEST CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT WAS FOUNDED IN A TIME WHEN AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE BEING LYNCHED. A TIME WHEN IT WAS NOT COMMONPLACE AND NOT EVERY PLACE, BUT IT DID TAKE PLACE WITH A GREAT DEGREE OF REGULARITY IN THIS COUNTRY. SUCH THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE BEING LYNCHED WITH IMPUNITY, I MIGHT ADD. IT'S AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN INTEGRATED. IT WAS INTEGRATED FROM ITS GENESIS, AND CONTINUES THIS DAY TO BE AN INTEGRATED ORGANIZATION. SOME OF THE NOTABLE FOUNDERS OF THE NAACP WERE MARY WHITE OVINGTON, A WHITE FEMALE. IDA B. WELLS BARRETT. AND ALSO I WOULD ADD OSWALD GARRISON BILLIARD. WILLIAM ENGLISH WALLY. MANY OF THESE PERSONS WERE PERSONS OF GOODWILL WHO SIMPLY CONCLUDED THAT THERE HAD TO BE SOMETHING DONE ABOUT THE CONDITIONS IMPACTING AFRICAN-AMERICANS. AND SO THEY DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD AND THEY FORMED AT THAT TIME THE ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL NEGRO COMMITTEE. WHICH HAS OF COURSE EVOLVED INTO THE NAACP. THAT WE KNOW TODAY. LET ME PAUSE FOR A MOMENT WITH THE HISTORY AND REMIND PERSONS THAT IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE. THE HOUSTON BRANCH OF THE NAACP HAS A PRESIDENT WHO IS A FORMER DEAN OF THE LAW SCHOOL, THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. FORMER PRESIDENT OF TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, JAMES DOUGLAS. VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE A LAWYER OF HIS STANDING AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NAACP. CURRENTLY AT THE LAW SCHOOL, THERE IS A PERSON WHO IS WORKING, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE STATE PRESIDENT OF THE NAACP. WE HAVE A NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, GARY BLEDSOE, STATE PRESIDENT IS WORKING AT THE LAW SCHOOL AS THE INTERIM DEAN. THE STATE -- THE NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER, HOWARD JEFFERSON, IS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. HOUSTON'S NAACP HAS ITS OWN FACILITY. ONE OF THE FEW AROUND THE COUNTRY TO HOLD ITS OWN FACILITY. BUT I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WORKED HARD TO ACQUIRE. THE HOUSTON NAACP IS ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING BRANCHES OF THE NAACP IN THIS COUNTRY. NAACP HAS BRANCHES IN ALL 50 STATES. CONTINUING, THE NAACP'S NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, LOCATED IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, NAACP WAS FOUNDED TO ENSURE THE POLITICAL EDUCATION -- POLITICAL, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS, AND TO ELIMINATE RACIAL HATRED AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. PROUD TO SAY THAT THE NAACP HAS ALWAYS USED THE TACTICS OF NONVIOLENCE IN ITS MOVEMENT FORWARD. IN ITS EFFORT TO HELP ALL PERSONS BENEFIT IN THIS COUNTRY. BECAUSE, QUITE FRANKLY, EVERYONE HAS BENEFITED FROM THE NAACP AND ITS MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. IT HAS USED NEGOTIATION, LITIGATION AND PROTESTATION AS ITS TACTICS. THE NAACP WAS THERE TO WIN LAWSUITS BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT WAS THERE TO PROTEST, SO PERSONS MIGHT ACQUIRE NOT ONLY THE RIGHT TO VOTE, BUT ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT PEOPLE OF THEIR CHOICE. THE NAACP HAS BEEN THERE WITH THE GREAT LITIGATER, THURGOOD MARSHALL. THURGOOD MARSHALL, WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN JUSTICE ON THE SUPREME COURT, WAS THE CHIEF LITIGATER FOR THE NAACP FOR MANY YEARS. HE WON 29 OF 32 CASES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT. HE WAS THERE TO FIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE NAACP. THE NAACP IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT WON BORROWS VS. JACKSON, SHELLY VS. CRAMER, BOARD VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THESE ARE LAWSUITS THAT ALLOW US TO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WE LIVE IN. TO GO TO THE SCHOOLS THAT WE ATTEND. THE TRUTH BE TOLD, WE EAT WHERE WE EAT AND SLEEP WHERE WE SLEEP BECAUSE OF THE NAACP. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BROUGHT NOT ONLY DESEGREGATION TO AMERICAN LIFE, BUT ALSO INTEGRATION TO AMERICAN LIFE. MANY OF OUR INSTITUTIONS WERE DESEGREGATED. THAT MEANT THAT A LOT OF INSTITUTIONS WERE LOST IN THE PROCESS. WHEN WE DESEGREGATED. BUT WE ALSO HAVE INTEGRATED AND WE HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER PERSONS IN NEW INSTITUTIONS. THE NAACP CAN CLAIM A GOOD DEAL OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INTEGRATION THAT WE SEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I CAN SAY TO YOU TRUTHFULLY THAT I BELIEVE I'M STANDING HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE WORKS, THE GOOD WORKS OF THE NAACP. AND A GOOD MANY OTHER PERSONS ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THE GOOD WORKS OF THE NAACP AS WELL. I'M ALSO PROUD TO TELL YOU TONIGHT THAT THE NAACP HAS FOUGHT FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1960 AND 1964. THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. THE NAACP HAS FOUGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, AS WELL AS CIVIL RIGHTS. THE NAACP IN 2005 WENT BEYOND HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS IN A SENSE WHEN IT DEVELOPED A DISASTER RELIEF FUND TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVERS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, TEXAS, FLORIDA AND ALABAMA. SO THE NAACP HAS MET MORPHED INTO AN ORGANIZATION THAT NOT ONLY DEALS WITH THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE IN THE SENSE OF THEIR NEEDS WHEN THEY ARE VOTING AND WHEN THEY ARE BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. BUT IT'S ALSO NOW METAMORPHED INTO AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS IN TIMES OF NEED IN GENERAL. IF THERE'S A STORM YOU CAN DEPEND ON THE NAACP TO BE THERE TO BE OF SOME HELP. IF A PERSON'S SUFFERING AS A RESULT OF SOME SORT OF DISASTER RELATED TO FIRES, THE NAACP IS LIKELY TO BE THERE TO HELP. THE NAACP IS ALSO HELPING ABROAD. IT HAS BEEN THERE TO HELP PERSONS IN HAITI, AFTER THE DISASTER THAT TOOK PLACE. THE NAACP IN 2018 SUPPORTED THE PASSAGE OF THE EMITS TILL UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIME ACT AND THIS WAS THE ACT OF 2007. IT WAS AN ACT THAT ALLOWED US TO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO SOLVE SOME OF THE HEINOUS CRIMES THAT OCCURRED IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE NAACP CELEBRATED ITS CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 16 OF 2009. THE NAACP CONTINUES TO, IN 2010, ADVOCATE FOR SENTENCING REFORM, AS SOMETHING THAT IS STILL NEEDED TO THIS DAY, AND IS STILL WORKING ON. IN 2011 THE NAACP LED THE CHARGE TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE. THE NAACP HAS FOUGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS ACROSS THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THE COUNTRY. THE NAACP ELECTED ITS NEW PRESIDENT UNANIMOUSLY, DERRICK JOHNSON, IN 2017. THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN ON THE FRONT LINE FOR JUSTICE FOR ALL IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I WOULD DARE SAY THAT IF WE DID NOT HAVE THE NAACP, WE WOULD CREATE IT. BECAUSE WE NEED AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS WILLING TO STEP FORWARD AND TAKE ON THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WHO BUT FOR THE NAACP WOULDN'T HAVE A VOICE. IT IS A BOLD ORGANIZATION. IT DOES NOT FEAR THE POWERS THAT BE. IT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY CONCERN ITSELF WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHALLENGING THE ESTABLISHMENT. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS SOUGHT TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO. IT IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT MOVES PEOPLE FROM POVERTY, IN MANY CASES, INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS. SO IT IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT TRULY BENEFITS ALL. I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS AUGUST ORGANIZATION. I WILL MENTION A FEW MORE THINGS ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION AND THEN BRING THIS TO CLOSURE. BUT I DO WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW, ESPECIALLY -- KNOW ESPECIALLY THAT THE NAACP DOES NOT AND HAS NOT EVER SEGREGATED ITSELF FROM ANY PART OF SOCIETY. IT HAS ALWAYS SOUGHT TO BRING SOCIETY TOGETHER. IT HAS ALWAYS SOUGHT TO FIND SOME SORT OF COMMON GROUND FOR PEOPLE TO STAND ON, SO THAT WE MIGHT ALL MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER. . IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ORGANIZATION THAT AND WANTED TO SPREGGET OUR SOCIAL ORDER AND WANTED TO BRING A SENSE OF BROTHERHOOD. DR. KING INDICATED THAT WE MUST TRANSFORM NEIGHBORHOODS INTO BROTHERHOODS AND THIS IS THE WORK OF NAACP AND ROWA PARKS WHO TOOK THAT SEAT ON THE BUS AND CHALLENGED THE SEGREGATION IN THE SOUTH SM THE NAACP BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER. I DO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS A MUCH BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THE N ARCH ARCH CP HAS MADE IT MUCH. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE INTEGRATED INSTITUTION THAT IT IS. THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE AND I'M GLAD THE WORK IT HAS DONE AND MADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR A GOOD MANY PEOPLE. SO TONIGHT, I WANT TO HAVE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RECOGNIZE HE ITS 109TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC FOUNDING OF THE N ARCH ACP. AND MR. SPEAKER, WITH THIS, I WILL END MY REMARKS AND I WILL MOVE THAT WE DO ADJOURN.

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                                                    Mr. Green, Al moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ADJOURN.

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                                                  On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                    Adjourned

                                                    The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 1, 2018.

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                                                      HOST

                                                      AND SEE YOU BECOME TOMORROW MORNING ON THE "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." HAIR LAYS…

                                                      AND SEE YOU BECOME TOMORROW MORNING ON THE "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." HAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROTHE SPEAKER.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 27, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                                                      THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 27, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE PAUL MITCHELL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                      HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS…

                                                      HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE PAST 10:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MS. FOXX

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ON THIS VERY SAD OCCASION. REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR MILLIONS OF REASONS, WHICH IS A TESTAMENT TO THE PEOPLE HE INSPIRED. WHEN I CONSIDER REVEREND GRAHAM'S LIFE AND ALL OF HIS MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I THINK OF HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND HIS DEDICATION TO BRINGING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. REVEREND GRAHAM, NORTH CAROLINA'S FAVORITE SON, BEGAN AS A FARMER'S SON AND WAS NOT BORN WITH THE STEADFAST FAITH THAT WE LATER OBSERVED. IT WAS A FAITH HE CHOSE AND THAT HE DEDICATED HIMSELF TO ALL OF HIS LIFE. LATER HE WOULD BE CALLED AMERICA'S PASTOR AS HE COUNSELED PRESIDENTS AND THE POOR ALIKE. WHAT IS REMARKABLE IS HOW REVEREND GRAHAM HEARD THE CALL AND MADE THE CHOICE TO FOLLOW THE LORD AND TAKE HIS WORD FARTHER AND MORE RAPIDLY THAN IT HAD EVER GONE BEFORE. MARK 16: 15 OF THE GOOD BOOK INSTRUCTS US TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL CREATION. THIS IS A CHARGE THAT REVEREND GRAHAM TOOK SERIOUSLY AND A CHARGE WHICH HE SPENT A LIFETIME ENDEAVORING TO OBEY. THIS SEEMINGLY ORDINARY MAN WENT ON TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH AND BECAUSE OF HIS CALLING TO FOLLOW THE LORD. IN CHRONICLE 16:9 WE OBSERVE FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD MOVE TO AND FRO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH THAT HE MAY STRONGLY SUPPORT THOSE WHOSE HEART IS COMPLETELY HIS. THIS SCRIPTURE STRIKES THROUGH WHEN WE THINK OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S LIFE AND WORK. HIS HEART WAS CERTAINLY FILLED WITH LOVE FOR THE LORD. REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED THE WORLD PREACHING TO THE MASSES, BUT HE DID NOT CRAVE FAME OR NOTE RIGHT. EVER THE HUMBLE -- NOTORIETY. EVER THE HUMBLE SERVANT, HE CRAVED TO BRING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SADDENED THAT REVEREND GRAHAM IS NO LONGER WITH US BUT I REJOICE THAT HE JOINED THE LORD WHOM WE LOVE SO DEEPLY. I'M PROUD TO JOIN THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN PAYING MY LAST RESPECTS TO REVEREND GRAHAM. THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME IN HISTORY THAT A CIV CIVILIAN HAS EARNED THE HIGH HONOR OF LYING IN STATE. THIS HONOR IS RICHLY OWED. I HOPE THOSE WATCHING AT HOME WILL REMEMBER ALL OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S MANY LESSONS AND WILL LET HIS LIFE SERVE AS A REMINDER TO US ALL. THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN ACCOMPLISH EXTRAORDINARY THINGS IF WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE…

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. QUIGLEY

                                                      FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      ORE CHA

                                                      PRO ORE:HE CHA NOW RECGNIZ THE GELEMAN FROM NTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHRY, FIVE…

                                                      PRO ORE:HE CHA NOW RECGNIZ THE GELEMAN FROM NTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHRY, FIVE MINES.

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                                                      MR. MCHENY

                                                      I THANK U, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, RI TODAY TO NOR T LIFE A LEGACY OF…

                                                      I THANK U, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, RI TODAY TO NOR T LIFE A LEGACY OF GREAT AMERICAN, A MESSENGER FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR OF JESUS CHRIST, AND A MAN NORTH CAROLINA PRODUCED, BILLY GRAVEMENT HE WAS BORN IN 1918 IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE HE GREW UP THE SON OF A FARMER. IN 1939 HE WAS ORDAINED AS A MINISTER THUS BEGINNING WHAT WOULD BE HIS LIFE'S CALLING. IT WAS IN 1949 THAT REVEREND GRAHAM GAINED THE INTERNATIONAL PROMINENCE HE IS KNOWN FOR TODAY. IT WAS THAT YEAR THAT HE HOSTED THE LOS ANGELES CRUSADE, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE JUST THREE WEEKS, IT ENDED UP CONTINUING FOR OVER TWO MONTHS. THROUGHOUT THAT TIME HUGE CROWDS CAME TO HEAR REVEREND GRAHAM SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE LOS ANGELES CRUSADE, REVEREND GRAHAM'S STATURE ONLY GREW. REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE GOOD WORD. AND ENCOURAGE HIS FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN TO FIND SALVATION WITH CHRIST. AND IN CHRIST. HE WOULD FILL EVERYTHING FROM SMALL CHURCHES TO MASSIVE FOOTBALL STADIUMS. ACCORDING TO THE BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION -- EXCUSE ME -- REVEREND GRAHAM PREACHED TO OVER 215 MILLION PEOPLE OVER 185 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES AROUND THE WORLD DURING HIS LIFE. BUT HIS INFLUENCE DID NOT STOP THERE. THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY, REVEREND GRAHAM BECAME KNOWN AS AMERICA'S PASTOR, SERVING AS A MORAL COMPASS FOR OUR NATION. HE SERVED AS A SPIRITUAL ADVISOR TO COUNTLESS AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL LEADERS AND CIVIC LEADERS, INCLUDING EVERY AMERICAN PRESIDENT SINCE HARRY TRUMAN. IN THE 1950'S AND 1960'S, HE JOINED WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOR INTEGRATED CRUSADES, A POWERFUL STATEMENT FROM A WHITE SOUTHERNER AT THAT TIME. HE DELIVERED INVOCATIONS AT THE INAUGURATIONS OF FOUR AMERICAN PRESIDENTS, AND IN 1983 WAS AWARDED OUR NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR, THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. FOLLOWING THE HORRIFIC ATTACKS ON OUR NATION ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, IT WAS REVEREND GRAHAM WHO COMFORTED OUR NATION FROM THE PULPIT OF WASHINGTON'S NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. WHILE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK AS AMERICA'S PASTOR, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO REVEREND GRAHAM. FOREMOST AMONG THOSE IT WAS HIS MARRIAGE TO HIS BELOVED WIFE RUTH. REVEREND GRAHAM AND RUTH MET IN ILLINOIS AT WHEATON COLLEGE, BUT IT WAS RUTH'S HOMETOWN IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA THAT I'M HONORED TO RESPECT AND -- THAT THEY CHOSE TO CALL HOME. SMALL TOWN, A HUMBLE TOWN. IT WAS IN THE GAITHER CHAPEL WHERE REVEREND GRAHAM AND RUTH WERE MARRIED IN 1943. FROM THERE THE GRAHAMS BUILT A HOME ON MONEY TREAT'S LITTLE PINEY RIDGE -- MONTRIET ACE LITTLE PINEY RIDGE AND IT WAS THERE THAT THEY RAISED THEIR CHILDREN. NOW, CERTAINLY REVEREND GRAHAM'S PUBLIC WORKS WERE EXTRAORDINARY BUT WHAT HE AND RUTH BUILT AS A FAMILY IS ENDURING, IS ENDURING INDEED. WHILE AN INTERNATIONAL ICON FOR HIS WORK SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND CHRIST, REVEREND GRAHAM'S FAMILY WERE THE GREAT NEIGHBORS IN MONTREAT. REVEREND GRAHAM WAS KNOWN FOR OCCASION A.O.L.LY ATTENDING SERVICE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, FOR PLAYING GOLF AND GRAB LUNCH IN TOWN. ONE OF THE FINEST MOMENTS OF MY CAREER WAS HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS REVEREND GRAHAM'S REPRESENTATIVE HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND REPRESENT HIS HOME IN MONTREAT WHEN IT WAS PLACED IN THE 10TH DISTRICT. IT WAS THEN I HAD THE HONOR OF TRAVELING UP LITTLE PINEY RIDGE TO VISIT REVEREND GRAHAM IN HIS HOME. THE PERSONAL KINDNESS AND HOSPITALITY HE SHOWED ME TO INVITE ME INTO HIS HOME IS SOMETHING THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET. AND I EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO EACH OF REVEREND GRAHAM'S FIVE CHILDREN, TO ALL OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST A MENTOR AND A FRIEND. AND AS A NATION, WE ARE FOREVER INDEBTED TO REVEREND GRAHAM FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR STATE, OUR NATION, AND THIS WORLD. IT'S ONLY BEFITTING TORMED TOMORROW REVEREND GRAHAM WILL -- TOMORROW REVEREND GRAHAM WILL RETURN TO WASHINGTON ONE FINAL TIME, TO LIE IN HONOR IN THE ROTUNDA OF THIS GREAT BUILDING. MR. SPEAKER, I CONCLUDE BY NOTING THAT REVEREND GRAHAM IS PASSED ON FROM THIS WORLD BUT HE'S MOVED INTO THE KINGDOM HE PREACHED ABOUT FOR SO MANY YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 10:14:19 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE…

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. GUTIERREZ

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN WE LEFT LAST -- LEFT WASHINGTON BEFORE OUR…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN WE LEFT LAST -- LEFT WASHINGTON BEFORE OUR PRESIDENTS DAY RECESS WE WATCHED OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION. ONLY ONE BILL RECEIVED 60 VOTES BUT IT WAS 60 VOTES AGAINST THE BILL OFFERED BY SENATOR GRASSLEY, THE BILL THAT MOST CLOSELY MATCHES THE PRESIDENT'S HATRED FOR IMMIGRANTS. SO A SUPERMAJORITY IN THE SENATE OPPOSES THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR MASSIVE CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND MASSIVE DEPORTATIONS. THEN, YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST IMMIGRANTS RECEIVED ANOTHER BLOW. THE SUPREME COURT DECLINED TO TAKE A CASE FROM CALIFORNIA AND DECLINED TO LIFT AN INJUNCTION, REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONTINUE PROCESS RENEWALS FOR THE DACA PROGRAM WHICH MEANS THOSE WHO SIGNED UP FOR DACA OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS CAN RENEW THEIR DACA NOW AND THE ARBITRARY DEADLINE THE PRESIDENT SET FOR KICKING 1,000 PEOPLE PER DAY THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM HAS LIKE SO MUCH WHAT TRUMP DOES BEEN STOPPED FOR NOW. JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE WHAT HAPPENED. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT OFFERING ANY EVIDENCE TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY HAD TO END DACA PROGRAM BECAUSE IT WAS ILLEGAL AND THE COURTS WOULD STRIKE IT DOWN, THEY SAID. AS IT TURNS OUT, THE TRUTH IS ALMOST THE EXACT OPPOSITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAVE TOLD THE COUNTRY. NO COURT HAS EVER FOUND DACA ILLEGAL OR EVEN LEGALLY SUSPECT. THEIR ACTIONS TO KILL THE DACA PROGRAM HAVE BEEN FOUND HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE BY THE COURTS. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER. JUST BECAUSE THE COURTS HAVE TAKEN NO ACTION AND THE SENATE BILL TO TAKE ACTION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE HOUSE AND REPUBLICANS ARE OFF THE HOOK FOR DACA. THE PRESIDENT STILL PLANS TO KILL DACA AND MAKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY DOCUMENTED AND KNOWN TO THEIR GOVERNMENT INTO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS FORCED UNDERGROUND, VULNERABLE, EXPLOITABLE AND DEPORTABLE. . THE HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IT TO STEP UP TO THE OCCASION AND CRAFT A PERMANENT SOLUTION. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE SOLUTION IS SUPPORTED BY EIGHT OUT OF 10 VOTERS IN THE UNITED STATES. A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. CAN WE AS A BODY RISE TO THE OCCASION TO DO SOMETHING AMERICANS WANT US TO DO? CAN WE SETASIDE QUESTIONS OF WHO WINS AND WHO LOSES POLITICALLY LONG ENOUGH TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT? WE WON'T KNOW UNLESS WE TRY. MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY THERE SHOULD BE ONLY ONE OPTION. THEY SHOULD LEAVE OR BE DEPORTED. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE DO TO AMERICAN CHILDREN. AND LET'S BE CLEAR, THESE ARE AMERICAN CHILDREN. WE DO NOT FORCE AMERICAN CHILDREN TO LIVE IN EXILE FOR 10, 20, 30 YEARS. WE DO NOT EDUCATE OUR YOUTH AND THEN FORCE THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY. IF YOU'RE AN AMERICAN PATRIOT, THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS FOR THE WORLD TO IT SEE US DEPORTING OUR OWN AMERICANS. JUST ASK YOUR DONORS, THE KOCH BROTHERS, WHO KNOW SAVING THE DREAMERS IS WHAT THEY CALL SOMETHING DEMANDED AS PATRIOTS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE BALL IS IN OUR COURT. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW. IF WE CAN DRAFT A COMPROMISE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND ALLOW THEM TO LIVE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY, AMERICA, IF BOTH SIDES CONCEDE SOMETHING TO THE OTHER, WE MAY GET TO A SOLUTION. THAT IS IS WHAT LEADERS MUST DO. A COMPROMISE MIGHT BE PAINFUL FOR ALL. WE NEED TO SHOW THE COUNTRY WE'RE WILLING TO TAKE THE HEAT AND READY TO LEGISLATE. THE PRESIDENT SET US ON THIS COURSE. HE PULLED THE LEGAL RUG FROM UNDERNEATH THE DREAMERS AND THEN CLOAKED HIS POSITION ON IMMIGRATION IN AN ETHNOCENTRIC PRO-EUROPEAN, PRO-RIGHT AGENDA THAT WILL HURT AMERICA. BUT THEY ARE RACIST AND WEIGH MUST CALL THEM OUT FOR WHAT THEY ARE, THE RACISTS DRIVING IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE WHITE HOUSE ARE DEFINING THE AGENDA FOR EVERY HOUSE REPUBLICAN AND SHAPING THE BRAND OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT JUST AS THE PARTY OPPOSED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, BUT NOW AS THE PARTY OPPOSED TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION. NOT JUST AS A PARTY WHO DOESN'T WANT POOR OR LATIN AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS, BUT DOESN'T WANT BROWN OR BLACK OR ANYONE WHO ISN'T WHITE IN THIS COUNTRY. IF THAT IS HOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DEFINE THEMSELVES AND WANT TO BE REMEMBERED, THEN THEY SHOULD DO NOTHING. BUT I HAVE A GREATER FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND ITS ABILITY OF THIS CONGRESS TO RISE ABOVE RACISM AND TO DO SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. I'M A DEMOCRAT WHO WILL WORK WITH REPUBLICANS AND REPUBLICANS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REACHING A SOLUTION. BUT IT IT MUST START WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON O THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAYING, YES, WE WANT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND WE WANT TO RISE ABOVE THE RACISM EMANATING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.

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                                                    • 10:19:26 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS CONTINUE TO BE…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS CONTINUE TO BE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TORTS THE PRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. -- TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE CHAIR WRECK NAYSES GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. CURBELO

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE ATTACK AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL ON…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE ATTACK AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL ON VALENTINE'S DAY WAS AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE ACT OF VIOLENCE. I VISITED THE SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, AN EXPERIENCE BOTH MOVING AND SOBERING. I WALKED THROUGH THE HORRIFYING EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE THERE, AND I WITNESSED THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM SO MANY WHO HAVE DEPOSITED FLOWERS, CANDLES, AND LEFT BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS. UPON REFLECTING ON THAT VISIT AND AFTER MEETING WITH THE BRAVE STUDENT AND TEACHER SURVIVORS SUNDAY IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND YESTERDAY HERE IN WASHINGTON, I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HONOR THE FALLEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS BY TAKING MEANINGFUL ACTION TO PREVENT THESE TRAGEDIES IN THE FUTURE. THAT MEANS WORKING TO MAKE SURE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ASSESS THREATS AND INTERVENE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. IT MEANS INVESTING IN MENTAL HEALTH, RE-EVALUATING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH MEASURES LIKE THE BIPARTISAN STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE ACT, AND SECURING STRONGER REGULATIONS ON GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, THE VOICES AND ENGAGEMENT OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS SURVIVORS CALLING FOR CHANGE TO OUR GUN SAFETY LAWS WILL BE DECISIVE. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS LOOPHOLES AND VULNERABLES IN EXISTING LAW WHILE STILL PROTECTING AMERICANS' SECOND AMOUNT -- AMENDMENT RIGHTS. FROM STRENGTHSENING NICS SYSTEM, BANNING BUMP STOCKS AND PREVENTING THOSE WITH LINKS TO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACQUIRING FIREARMS, IT RAISING THE AGE FOR THE PURCHASE OF LONG GUNS TO 21 WITH EXCEPTIONS FOR THOSE IN OUR MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THERE ARE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL NOT PREVENT EVERY TRAGEDY, BUT CAN CERTAINLY PREVENT SOME AND MITIGATE OTHERS. IT WON'T BE EASY, BUT WE MUST MAKE PROGRESS ON ALL THESE FRONTS. AS A FATHER AND HUSBAND, I WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THE LOSS OF INNOCENT LIFE BECOMES COMMONPLACE. I'M CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN BOTH CHAMBERS AND IN BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER AND ALLOW CONGRESS TO CRAFT, CONSIDER, AND DEBATE LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS WHILE MAKING ALL AMERICANS SAFER. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER, MR. SPEAKER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE 17 INNOCENT LIVES LOST IN PARKLAND. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND, FOR FIVE…

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. KIND

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND TO GIVE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND TO GIVE THANKS TO A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. OUR DEPUTY CHIEF REPORTER OF THE HOUSE, ED JOHNSON, WHOSE LAST DAY FOR US IS THIS FRIDAY BEFORE HE RETURNS TO OUR HOME STATE IN WISCONSIN. ED BEGAN HIS OFFICIAL COURT REPORTING CAREER BACK IN WISCONSIN IN 1980 HOOKING UP WITH A JUDGE. HE EVENTUALLY MADE HIS WAY HERE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 2007. AND ULTIMATELY BECAME DEPUTY CHIEF REPORTER IN 2015. ED TOOK HIS ROLE AS OUR GUARDIAN OF THE PUBLIC RECORD VERY SERIOUSLY. WITH GREAT INTEGRITY, WITH GREAT PROFESSIONALISM, AND WITH GREAT RESPECT FROM EVERYONE WHO HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH HIM. WHAT DO THESE OFFICIAL REPORTERS DO FOR US? LIKE TODAY THIS YOUNG LADY HERE TO MY LEFT BRINGS HER STEN GRAPH MACHINE DOWN TO THE WELL OF THE HOUSE, OR TO A COMMITTEE THEY MIGHT BE ASSIGNED AND THEY RECORD EVERYTHING THAT'S SAID. WITH A SINGLE STROKE OF THE KEY THEY ARE ABLE TO RECORD WHOLE WORDS, PHRASES SOMETHING WHOLE SENTENCES IF THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID. SOMETIMES WHEN MEMBERS ARE SPEAKING OVER EACH OTHER, IT'S AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TALENT THAT THEY HAVE TO LEARN. AND THEY ALL DO IT SO VERY, VERY WELL FOR US. SOME OF ED'S HIGHLIGHTS DURING HIS CAREER HERE, HE WAS ABLE TO REPORT THEY ALL DO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN 2015 BY SITTING HERE AT THE DAIS. AND LISTEN TO THIS. HE SERVED AS MR. FEBRUARY IN THE 2013 MEN OF THE COURT REPORTING CALENDAR WHICH IS PROBABLY APPROPRIATE GIVEN ED'S LEGENDIER SENSE OF HUMOR. HE'S ALSO BEEN KNOWN TO DO STANDUP COMEDY. HAVING SPENT TIME WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ED HERE, I HAVE A FEELING HE'S GOING TO MISS A LOT OF THE ASPECTS THAT HE'S BEEN PRIVY TO IT HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. GIVEN HIS APPRECIATION FOR OUR HISTORY, POLITICS, POLICY, THE PERSONALITIES OF THIS PLACE, AND WE WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSING HIM. SO I WANT TO WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, LIZ, AND THEIR TWO DOGS, BUCKEY AND ANGUS, WHAT COULD BE MORE WISCONSIN THAN THAT, AS THEY RETURN HOME TO THEIR -- OUR HOME STATE IN WISCONSIN WHERE THEY'LL BE A LITTLE CLOSETORY THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO THANK ED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THIS INSTITUTION BUT ALSO TO OUR COUNTRY. AND A DISTINGUISHED CAREER THAT HE HAD HERE IN WASHINGTON. AGAIN WISH HIM AND LIZ ALL THE BEST AS THEY RETURN HOME TO WISCONSIN WHERE WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR FRIENDSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR…

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AUDREY TUCKER OF UPPER MAKE…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AUDREY TUCKER OF UPPER MAKE FIELD IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. A COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT, AUDREY, THE C.E.O. OF THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY, PASSED AWAY AT 73 LAST WEEK. JOINING FAMILY SERVICE AS A SOCIAL WORKER IN 1978 AND RISING TO BECOME C.E.O. OF THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY, PASSED THE ORGANIZATION'S C.E.O. IN 1987, AUDREY SERVED AS THE FACE OF FAMILY SERVICE FOR FOUR DECADES. AUDREY WAS A VISIONARY LEADER CREDITED WITH GROWING THE ORGANIZATION INTO AN ENTITY THAT OFFERED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, HELPED THE HOMELESS, OFFERED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT, AND HELPED LOCAL FAMILIES. HER FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AT FAMILY SERVICE SAID IT BEST. FAMILY SERVICE HAS SUFFERED A HUGE LOSS, AUDREY WAS THE HEART AND FACE OF FAMILY SERVICE FOR FOUR DECADES. BUT SHE BUILT A STRONG TEAM THAT WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT HER VISION OF A COMMUNITY WHERE ANYONE CAN ACHIEVE HIS OR HER FULL POTENTIAL. OUR COMMUNITY WILL FEEL AUDREY'S LOSS TREMENDOUSLY. BUT IT IS CLEAR TO ALL THAT WE'RE A BETTER COMMUNITY FOR HAVING HAD HER IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND HER IMPORTANT WORK WILL CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BUCKS COUNTY GIRL STEM CONFERENCE. THE 2017 CONFERENCE WAS ATTENDED BY OVER 800 GIRLS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH 10 AND FOCUSED ON INSPIRING YOUNG WOMEN IN OUR REGION TO PURSUE CAREERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH. THE 2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR THIS MAY EXPECTED TO BE EVEN LARGER. ATTENDEES LEARN FROM PROFESSIONAL WOMEN WORKING IN STEM FIELDS INCLUDING AGRICULTURE, BANKING, PHYSICS, NURSING, MARINE BIOLOGY, REAL ESTATE, ENGINEERING, APP DESIGN, AND MORE. THE IMPACT OF THIS PROGRAM IS ALREADY CLEAR IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING GIRL STEM 2017, 95% OF GIRLS SAID THEY FELT MORE MOTIVATED TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL. 96% FELT MORE ENGAGED IN THEIR OWN LEARNING. AND 93% SAID GIRL STEM HELPED THEM PLAN AHEAD, MAKE CAREER CHOICES, AND FEEL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. AS OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, I COMMEND PROJECTS LIKE BUCKS COUNTY GIRL STEM CONFERENCE FOR THE IMPORTANT WORK THEY PLAY IN EDUCATING AND EXCITING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE LEADERS. THESE YOUNG WOMEN ARE THE FUTURE LEADERS OF OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. ELLISON

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TAX CUTS,…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TAX CUTS, REALLY ARE ONLY GOING TO BENEFIT GIANT CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY FEW. AND THE -- WHAT WORKING PEOPLE WILL EVER GLEAN FROM THIS IS MINIMAL IN SCOPE AND REALLY IS SORT OF A PITTANCE IN ORDER TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE MORE WEALTH THAN THEY CAN POSSIBLY COUNT TO JUST GET MORE. THIS TAX CUT, THIS MASSIVE TAX CUT WOULD WIPE AWAY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS, GIVEAWAY MULTINATIONAL -- GIVE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND FOREIGN INVESTORS A GIANT PAYDAY, AND IT PAVES WAIT FOR MORE CRUEL CUTS TO -- THAT WILL -- CUTTING PROGRAMS THAT WILL BENEFIT AMERICANS. IT IS A MORAL ABOMBATION. IT'S WRONG. IT'S GIVING MORE TO THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE TOO MUCH AND TAKE INTERESTING THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. BUT SADLY IT'S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW REPUBLICANS AND THEIR BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES ARE IN IT FOR THEMSELVES AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT ANOTHER IMPORTANT EXAMPLE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR SUPREME COURT TOGETHER WITH THESE TAX CUTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH DAMAGE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP MEANS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YESTERDAY THE SUPREME COURT HEARD A CASE, CALLED JANUS VS. AFSCME, IT'S ANOTHER ATTACK ON O THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE O YOUR WORKPLACE AND NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER WAGES AND BENEFITS. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, BIG COMPANIES AND THEIR CONSERVATIVE ALLIES IN CONGRESS HAVE ATTACKED THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. THE ATTACKS ON WORKERS HAVE LED TO STAGNATING WAGES FOR WORKERS AND GREATER INCOME INEQUALITY. THIS CASE IS NO DIFFERENT. IT IS BEING BANK ROLLED BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS THE KOCH AND THEIR BILLIONAIRE ALLIES. JANUS WILL DRM WHETHER PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS LIKE FIREFIGHTERS, NURSES, IN STATES AND CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHETHER THEY COLLECT THESE FROM ALL THE EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACES THAT THEY REPRESENT. . THIS IS A CASE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE CORROSIVE POWER IN MONEY AND POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WEALTHY DONORS SPENT TO HOLD A SUPREME COURT SEAT OPEN FOR OVER A YEAR. THE MILLIONS MORE THAT WERE SPENT TO ELECT PRESIDENT TRUMP SO THAT HE COULD FILL THAT SEAT WITH NEIL GORSUCH. IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE BRADLEY FOUNDATION, TWO ORGANIZATIONS DEVOTED TO CUTTING GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR AMERICANS AND WEAKENING EVENONS SPENT TO FUND THE JANUS CASE. AND TODAY, NOW THAT THE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR COURT HAS HEARD THE CASE THAT WILL DELIVER A BLOW, WE HOPE IT DOESN'T BUT LIKELY IT WILL, DELIVER A BLOW TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS AND THE UNIONS THAT REPRESENT THEM, THEIR INVESTMENT APPEARS TO BE PAYING OFF. HERE'S THE THING. MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES WHO FUND THESE ANTI-WORKER, ANTI-UNION ATTACKS ARE PETRIFIED ABOUT THE LABOR MOVEMENT. THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY AFRAID OF IT, AND THAT'S WHY THEY'VE BEEN WORKING TO ATTACK IT. THAT'S BECAUSE THE LABOR MOVEMENT IS PREMISED ON THE SIMPLE IDEA THAT WHEN WORKERS COME TOGETHER, THEY CAN FIGHT FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE WEALTH THAT THEY HELPED CREATE. AND BECAUSE THE LABOR MOVEMENT IS ABOUT EQUALITY AND A FAIR ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST A FEW. THAT'S WHY WEALTHY DONORS HAVE WORKED TO ELIMINATE AND CUT UNION REPRESENTATION. THAT'S WHY THEY ENGAGE IN UNION BUSTING. IT'S WHY THEY FUNDED THE JANUS CASE AND IT'S WHY THEY CONTINUE TO KICKING WORKING PEOPLE IN THE TEETH OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM IS ONLY PART OF THE RESTRUCTURING OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WHERE WE TAKE FROM WORKING AMERICANS, GIVE TO THE WEALTHIEST AND THEN TRY TO DEPRIVE THROUGH THE COURTS PEOPLE'S RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE COLLECTIVELY ON THEIR JOB. BUT HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE STANDING UP. HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE BANNING TOGETHER. HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW A PROSPEROUS LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BE TAKEN AWAY SO EASILY. THIS JANUS CASE IS SOMETHING THAT I URGE EVERYBODY TO LOOK INTO. IT REPRESENTS ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS, BUT THE AMERICAN WORKING PEOPLE ARE STANDING UP STRONGER THAN EVER AND WILL COME BACK STRONGER THAN EVER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. FARENTHOLD

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP ON INCLUDING $13 MILLION…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP ON INCLUDING $13 MILLION FOR WIDENING AND DEEPENING THE PROJECT FOR THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI IN HIS FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET. WIDENING AND DEEPENING THE PORT IS CRITICAL NOT ONLY TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN CORPUS CHRISTI BUT TO THE ENTIRE NATION. WHILE GETTING FUNDING INTO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IS A HUGE VICTORY IT'S STILL JUST AN EARLY STEP IN A LENGTHY PROCESS. CONGRESS STILL NEEDS TO APPROVE AND APPROPRIATE THE FUNDS FOR THIS PROJECT OVER MULTIPLE YEARS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO SUPPORT THIS APPROPRIATION AND GROW THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AND OUR NATION'S ENERGY SECTOR. CORPUS CHRISTI IS THE NATION'S LARGEST PORT FOR ENERGY EXPORTS. SHIPPING OUT CRUDE OIL, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND L.N.G. WIDENING THE SHIP CHANNEL WILL ALLOW FOR TWO-WAY BARGE TRAFFIC AND DEEPENING IT TO 54 FEET WILL ALLOW LARGER SHIPS TO ENTER AND EXIT THE PORT, CREATING MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND GOOD JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS IN 2010 AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PRIORITY AS LONG AS I'M HERE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS WIDENING AND DEEPENING PROJECT. MR. SPEAKER, I SUSPECT WE ALL KNOW SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN BUT WE SHOULD ALSO KNOW WORLD WAR II VETERAN JOHN MCCAIN FROM WHARTON, TEXAS, WHO JUST TURNED 100 YEARS OLD. MR. MCCAIN WAS BORN IN TEXAS ON FEBRUARY 15, 1918, WHEN HE WAS JUST 7 YEARS OLD HE JOINED THE WORK FORCE, GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR WITH HIS PONY CIRCULATING FLIERS FOR BUSINESSES. IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO WORLD WAR II, HE TRAVELED TO LOS ANGELES TO LEARN HOW TO BE A DIESEL MECHANIC AND THEN PROMPTLY ENLISTED IN THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD 36TH TANK COMPANY AS A DIESEL MECHANIC. ON JANUARY 16, 1941, HE WAS DEPLOYED TO FORT BENING. FOLLOWING THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, MCCAIN WAS DEPLOYED TO HAWAII, AND AFTER WE DEFEATED THE JAPANESE AT MIDWAY, HE WAS DEPLOYED TO EUROPE WHERE HE AND HIS UNIT SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHERN GERMANY AND EVENTUALLY MET THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN 1945. AFTER THE WAR, MCCAIN WORKED FOR NATIONAL -- SORRY -- NATURAL GAS PIPELINE COMPANY IN LIBERTY, TEXAS, FOR 35 YEARS. AFTER RETIRING, HE MOVED BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN OF WHARTON. DURING HIS RETIREMENT, HE'S TRAVELED BY R.V. TO ALL 48 CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND NINE PROVIDENCES IN CANADA. HE'S ALSO TRAVELED THE WORLD VISITING 42 COUNTRIES. AS HE OFTEN SAYS, AND I'M QUOTING NOW, WHEN YOU'RE 100 YEARS OLD, YOU JUST GO WHEREVER THE WIND BLOWS YOU. MR. MCCAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO YOUR COMMUNITY. I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF A GREAT CONSTITUENT AND FAMILY FRIEND, JOE FULTON, WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY AT THE AGE OF 83. JOE NOT ONLY LIVED IN CORPUS CHRISTI, HE HELPED SHAPE THE CITY'S SKYLINES. HIS PROJECT AS A GENERAL CONTRACTOR INCLUDED THE SOUTH TEXAS ART MUSEUM, THE TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM, THE BAY FRONT OMNIHOTEL, FROST BANK TOWER, THE COURTHOUSE, THE TERMINAL AT THE CORPUS CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND WATERBURGER FIELD, HOME OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS. FULTON'S WORK RECEIVED NATIONAL ATTENTION WHEN IN 1993 THE ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD NAMED HIS COMPANY, FULTON CONSTRUCTION, ONE OF THE TOP CONTRACTORS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION TO HIS WORK AS A CONTRACTOR, JOE WAS A MEMBER OF THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI COMMISSION FROM 1985 TO 1998 AND FOUGHT FOR THE WIDENING AND DEEPENING OF THE PORT. HE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PORT COMMISSION FROM 1991 TO 1996. HE WAS ALSO A BOARD MEMBER OF THE FROST BANK, A TRUSTEE OF THE DRISCOLL FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION, PART OF THE BUSINESS ALLIANCE AND PART OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI TOURIST BUREAU. HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON FOR A LONG TIME. WE'LL MISS YOU, JOE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                                                      MINUTES. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LIVE IN BROWARD…

                                                      MINUTES. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I LIVE IN BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHERE THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS MASS SHOOTING TOOK PLACE NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT OUR TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES, BUT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. TO HEAR THE MESSAGES OF THESE VALIANT STUDENTS IN THE MEMORIES OF THEIR FRIENDS WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST AND THEIR TEACHERS WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST AND ALSO ON THEIR OWN BEHALF AS SURVIVORS. THEIR MESSAGE IS CLEAR. THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PREVENTING WEAPONS OF WAR FROM BEING IN THE HANDS OF CIVILIANS BY BANNING ASSAULT-STYLE RIFLES, BY BANNING HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, AND BY CLOSING GUN SHOW AND EVERY OTHER LOOPHOLE THAT EXISTS TODAY ON BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO PREVENT MASS SHOOTINGS FROM HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY. ANYWHERE. ANYTHING ELSE THEIR MESSAGES IS A DIVERSION TACTIC. WHETHER IT IS MORE INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH OR ARMING TEACHERS. IN PARTICULAR, THE IDEA THAT WE SHOULD PUT MORE GUNS INTO A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT IS LUDICROUS TO THEM. THEIR TEACHERS ALREADY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN AND SOME OF THEM LOST THEIR LIVES. AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND SOMETHING WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO PREVENT. AND I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MAST, FOR TAKING A STAND THAT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT POLITICALLY POPULAR FOR ME TO DO BUT YOU DESERVE THAT CREDIT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE JANUS CASE IS A CASE RELATED TO PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS. SIMPLY PUT, TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WOULD BE DEALT A SERIOUS BLOW IN TERMS OF THEIR ABILITY TO ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE ON THINGS LIKE THE CONDITIONS IN THE SCHOOL AND HOW WE CAN KEEP THEM SAFE, ALL THE WAY TO WAGES AND BENEFITS. AND TODAY, DESPITE BEING MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN EVER, WE HAVE AMERICANS WHO WORK LONGER HOURS FOR LESS MONEY AND FEWER BENEFITS. WHILE WORKING PEOPLE CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE, WE HAVE CORPORATE C.E.O.'S, WHETHER THEY ARE THE C.E.O.'S OF GUN MANUFACTURERS OR ANY OTHER CORPORATION WHO CONTINUE TO USE THEIR WEALTH TO INFLUENCE POLITICIANS AND RIG THE ECONOMIC RULES TO BENEFIT THE WEALTHY AND THE POWERFUL AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE. A MAJOR PART OF THIS EFFORT IS A DECADES' LONG ATTACK ON UNIONS. UNIONS INCREASED THE BARGAINING POWER OF WORKERS BY ALLOWING THEM TO NEGOTIATE COLLECTIVELY TOGETHER RATHER THAN INDIVIDUALLY WITH EMPLOYERS. IMAGINE HOW A SINGLE OR HANDFUL OF EMPLOYEES WOULD DO IF THEY WERE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE WITH A MAJOR CORPORATION FOR BETTER BENEFITS AND WAGES ON THEIR OWN. WHEN WORKERS BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY, EMPLOYERS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WORK WITH THEM TO PAY THEM HIGHER WAGES AND OFFER THEM MORE GENEROUS BENEFITS AND BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS LIKE SCHOOL SAFETY. OVERPAID C.E.O.'S DON'T LIKE PAYING HIGHER WAGES AND OFFERING MORE GENEROUS BENEFITS SO AS A RESULT THEY DON'T LIKE UNIONS. THE LATEST BATTLE ON THE CORPORATE WAR IN UNIONS HAPPENED YESTERDAY AT THE SUPREME COURT WHERE THEY HEARD THE JANUS CASE. THIS CASES ABOUT AFTER PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS TO CONTINUE THE ASSAULT ON ALL WORKING PEOPLE. IT'S A BLATANTLY POLITICAL AND WELL-FUNDED PLOT TO USE THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND TO FURTHER TURN THE ECONOMIC RULES AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHEN TEACHERS, NURSES, POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS ARE FREED TO BUILD STRONG UNIONS THEY WIN BENEFITS LIKE BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS, WAGES, HEALTH CARE, RETIREMENT SECURITY AND SAFETY THAT ARE GIVEN NOT JUST TO UNION MEMBERS BUT TO EVERYONE IN THE WORKPLACE COVERED BY THE CONTRACT. AND I SAW THIS FIRSTHAND, MR. CHAIR, AS A MEMBER OF THE GRADUATE ASSISTANCE UNITED UNION WHEN I WAS IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AND I ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. THEY ARE THE LOWEST WRUNG ON THE LADDER IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES BUT ARE LYNCH PINS TO THE SUCCESS OF EDUCATING COLLEGE STUDENTS. HAVING A UNION TO FIGHT FOR OUR WAGES WAS A KEY TO BEING TREATED FAIRLY BY OUR UNIVERSITY. PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS HAVE ALSO PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR. GIVEN THAT ALL WORKERS COVERED BY A CONTRACT GAIN THE BENEFITS OF UNION NEGOTIATIONS, IT'S BEEN STANDARD PRACTICE ALL WORKERS GOVERNED BY THE CONTRACT CONTRIBUTE THROUGH UNION DUES PAID BY UNION MEMBERS AND BY FAIR SHARE FEES. THEY DON'T PAY FOR ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, JUST THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ACTIVITIES THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT EVERYONE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR WORKERS AND FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT THE SUPREME COURT WILL NOT SIDE WITH THE PLAINTIFFS IN THIS CASE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE…

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. MAST

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL, A K-8 GRADE SCHOOL IN…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL, A K-8 GRADE SCHOOL IN STUDENT WHO THEY DESIGNED A SATELLITE SELECTED BY NASA TO BE LAUNCHED INTO SPACE. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A NUMBER OF THESE STUDENTS. THEY DEVOTE THEMSELVES FULLY TO THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE. SOME OF THEM REMARKED TO ME THAT THE WORST PART ABOUT SCHOOL WAS THAT THEY HAD TO LEAVE AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THEY WISHED THERE WAS APARTMENT THERE IS. I THINK THAT SPEAKS TO THE INCREDIBLE HIGH QUALITY OF THEIR TEACHERS AND THE FACULTY IN THAT INSTITUTION OF LEARNING. THEY WERE SELECTED FOR ITS OUTSTANDING DESIGN AND SCIENTIFIC IMPORTANCE AS A PART OF NASA'S CUBE SAT LAUNCH INITIATIVE, AN EXCELLENT PROGRAM THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAS A VERY UNCERTAIN FUTURE. THE CUBE SAT ONE LAUNCH INITIATIVE, IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2008 AS A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PROGRAM TO SPUR INNOVATION IN THE STEM COMMUNITY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY ADVANCE NASA MISSIONS. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, NASA HAS SELECTED 149 CUBE SATS, BUILT BY 85 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS 38 STATES AND THEY'VE LAUNCHED 58 OF THESE CUBE SATS TO DATE. ALL OF THEM AT A FRACTION OF THE COST OF DEVELOPING SATELLITES IN HOUSE. NASA'S OFFICE OF EDUCATION IS CURRENTLY BEING RESTRUCTURED AND THE FUTURE OF THE CUBE SAT PROGRAM IS IN JEOPARDY. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WERE THE WHICE SCHOOL ARE IN THE GALLERY TODAY TO WITNESS THE INTRODUCTION OF A RESOLUTION THAT THEY THEMSELVES HELPED TO WRITE. THE WHICE SAT ONE RESOLUTION THAT I WILL INTRODUCE TODAY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM MY FLORIDA COLLEAGUES WILL RAISE AWARENESS OF THE CUBE SAT LAUNCH INITIATIVE AND ENCOURAGE CONTINUANCE OF THE PROGRAM AS NASA REORGANIZES THEIR OFFICE OF EDUCATION. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STUDENTS OF THE WHICE SCHOOL FOR THEIR DEDICATION, THEIR FACULTY, THEIR TEACHERS FOR THEIR WORK IN HELPING THEIR STUDENTS REACH THE HIGHEST AND FULLEST POTENTIAL THAT ANY STUDENTS COULD REACH AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACRESSE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. IT IS NOT IN…

                                                      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACRESSE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO INTRODUCE OCCUPANTS OF THE GALLERY IN THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN. FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                      MR. GREEN

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT WITH ONE REQUEST. I ASK THAT THE MOST POWER MAN IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, KEEP HIS WORD. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU INDICATED THAT NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY AN ASSAULT-TYPE WEAPON. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. DEMOCRAT, DON'T ALLOW THE N.R.A. TO VETO YOUR WORD. ARE YOU THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT, STAY WITH THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE ISSUED A CLARION CALL TO THIS COUNTRY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE KILLING THAT'S TAKING PLACE ON OUR SCHOOL CAMPUSES. THESE ARE CHILDREN THAT ARE DYING. KEEP YOUR WORD, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING HI THE PRIVILEGE 6…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING HI THE PRIVILEGE 6 ADDRESSING MORE THAN 1,00 ADVOCATES WHO ARE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK FOR THE NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER POLICY CONFERENCE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE'S NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK THESE GROUPS DO TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AND ENSURE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND OTHER FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO ENSURING THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTHY FOODS WITHIN REACH. WHETHER LOW-INCOME POPULATION, THE ELDERLY, OR THOSE LIVING IN AREAS WITH STRAINED ACCESS TO NUTRITIOUS FOOD. SNAP AS WELL AS USDA'S COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS SUPPORT AGRICULTURE AND LESSEN THE EFFECTS OF POVERTY ON OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. IN ADVANCE OF THE NEXT FARM BILL, WE WILL CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO WORK ALONGSIDE STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP PROVIDE SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. MR. SPEAKER, A HEALTHY DIET FOR MANY AMERICANS MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMITMENT, BUT RATHER ACCESSIBILITY. LIMITED ACCESS TO SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERIES STORES WITH FRESH NUTRITIOUS FOOD CAN BE A CHALLENGE IN BOTH RURAL AND URBAN COMMUNITIES. THESE ARE CALLED FOOD DEZ ITERS. THIS IS A PARTICULAR CONCERN FOR SNAP WHICH INTENDS TO PROVIDE NUTRITION TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO USDA TO QUALIFY AS A LOW ACCESS COMMUNITY, AT LEAST 500 PEOPLE OR 33% OF THE POPULATION MUST RESIDE MORE THAN A MILE FROM A SUPERMARKET OR LARGE GROCERY STORE. FOR RURAL AREAS THE DISTANCE IS MORE THAN 10 MILES. IT'S DIFFICULT TO EAT HEALTHY WHEN THE EASIEST STORE TO GET TO PRIMARILY PROVIDES PACKAGED AND PROCESSED FOOD. SNAP RECIPIENTS MAY FIND A LOCAL MARKET CONVENIENT BUT IT OFFERS HIGH CALORIE FOODS WITH MINIMAL NUTRITION VALUE. THESE FOODS CAN OFTEN BE A STAPLE FOR FAMILIES WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE CAN DOUBLE -- REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO FRESH FOODS FOR COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. NO ONE IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, SHOULD GO HUNGRY. EVERYONE DESERVES A FULL SHOT AT LIVING A FULL, HEALTHY, AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE. THROUGH STRONG POLICY ANDED ADD VOW CANCY OF OUR NATION'S ANTI-HUNGER AND ANTI-POVERTY GROUPS, WE TRULY CAN WORK TO END HUNGER ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      AMEN. E SPEAKER

                                                      AMEN. E SPEAKER: PUUANT TO CLAUSE ORU 1 T JRNAL STAS APPROVED THE PLEDGOF…

                                                      AMEN. E SPEAKER: PUUANT TO CLAUSE ORU 1 T JRNAL STAS APPROVED THE PLEDGOF ALLIAE WILL BE BY E GENTLEMAN FROM MONTREAL, MR. GIANFTE. -- MONTAN. GIANFOR MR. GIANFORTEI PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO T FLAG OF THE UNITEDTES OF AME A TO HEEPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STDSONE NAON UNDER GOD INDIVISIBL WITLIBERTY AN STICE FOR ALL.

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                                                      RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKI

                                                      IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKIS: THANK Y, MR SPEAKER. MR.…

                                                      IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.MR. BIRAKIS: THANK Y, MR SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE A CONSTITUENT, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO INTRODUCE TO CHAPLAIN ROBERT VICK WHO CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL CHAPLAIN NATIONAL CHAPLAIN. CHAPLAIN VICK LIVES IN NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, WITH HIS WIFE OF 62 YEARS -- SHE'S PARENT TODAY AS WELL. TOGETHER THEY HAVE FOUR SONS, 10 GRANDCHILDREN, AND 16 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. IN ADDITION TO HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY, THE CHAPLAIN HAS A GREAT LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND A PASSION FOR SERVICE. A KOREAN WAR VETERAN OF THE U.S. NAVY, CHAPLAIN VICK HAS A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF SERVICE. HE ALSO HAS BEEN A PROUD LEGIONNAIRE SINCE 1983. I AM PROUD TO SAY HE IS A FAMILY FRIEND. SAYING HE FEELS CALLED TO USE HIS MINISTERIAL TRAINING TO HELP THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF OTHER VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY, CHAPLAIN VICK WAS APPOINTED CHAPLAIN OF THE AMERICAN LEGION LAST YEAR. EVEN AS THE U.S. CAPITAL PREPARES IN HONORING ANOTHER HUMBLE SERVANT OF GOD, THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM TOMORROW, I'M PROUD CHAPLAIN VICK OFFERED THIS MORNING'S PRAYER IN THE U.S. HOUSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

                                                      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MR. GIANFORTE

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH THAT THREATENS OUR MONTANA AND WESTERN WAY OF LIFE. UNCLEAR FEDERAL REGULATIONS COULD FORCE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO RECREATIONALLY COMPETE IN RODEOS OR PARTICIPATE IN OTHER EQUESTRYAN EVENTS TO GET A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE. BUT THESE ARE NOT FOLKS COMPETING FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS. IN A RECENT STORY IN THE "BILLINGS GAZETTE," ANDY, HEAD CONETCOVEP FOR THE MONTANA STATE RODEO TEAM SAID, FOR THE MOST PART AROUND MONTANA I WOULD SAY RODEO IS A HOBBY FOR MOST PEOPLE. AND YET FEDERAL REGULATIONS COULD FORCE THESE RODEO PARTICIPANTS TO WAIT THROUGH UNNECESSARY, COSTLY RED TAPE FOR THEIR HOBBY. THAT'S WHY I RECENTLY LED A LETTER WHICH IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 26 COLLEAGUES SIGNED TO THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. WE URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CLARIFY HOW THE C.D.L. REGULATIONS TREAT THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE RECREATIONALLY IN RODEO EVENTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST CONTINUE REFORMING, ROLLING BACK, AND REPEALING UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT OUR MONTANA AND WESTERN WAY OF LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

                                                      I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                      MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE ANTI-HUNGER DAY OF ACTION, AND I RISE TODAY TO…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS THE ANTI-HUNGER DAY OF ACTION, AND I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OR SNAP, WHICH HELPS FEED 40 MILLION AMERICANS. WE LIVE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, YET, MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLE TO GET NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES, INCLUDING ONE OUT OF FIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET WOULD WORSEN THE PROBLEM BY CUTTING SNAP BY $213 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL WOULD ALSO REPLACE FAMILIES' FLEXIBLE MONTHLY SNAP BENEFITS WITH FOOD BOXES THAT CONTAIN NO FRESH PRODUCE. IT BASICALLY PUTS PEOPLE ON RATIONS. SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES -- DID YOU REALLY COME TO CONGRESS TO TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF HUNGRY PEOPLE, HUNGRY CHILDREN? WHO ARE YOU? ENDING HUNGER IN AMERICA IS NOT A MATTER OF RESOURCES. IT'S A MATTER OF POLITICAL WILL. WE MUST INVEST IN OUR NUTRITION PROGRAMS TO MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE'S PLATE GOES EMPTY IN AMERICA, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO…

                                                      REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE UNVEILED PLANS FOR A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAND…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE UNVEILED PLANS FOR A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAND PORT OF ENTRY AT THE PEACE BRIDGE IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK. DEPLOYING THE MOST ADVANCED DETECTION TECHNOLOGY, THE GATEWAY OF BUFFALO WILL IMPROVE NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IT WILL CUT WAIT TIMES FOR BOTH PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN HALF. IT WILL GREATLY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY IN THE NEIGHBORING COMMUNITY. IT WILL IMPROVE ASTHETICS WITH NEW L.E.D. LIGHTING, LANDSCAPING AND PUBLIC ART. THIS PLAN WILL IMPROVE OUR REGION'S GROWING ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CANADA, LEVERAGING $30 BILLION IN COMMERCE AND OVER $200 BILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, SUPPORTING OVER A MILLION JOBS. THIS PLAN IS LONG OVERDUE. IT'S A PLAN THAT OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES, AND A GATEWAY THAT'S WORTHY OF THE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF OUR FUTURE IN BUFFALO AND WESTERN NEW YORK AND OUR RELATIONSHIP, ECONOMICALLY AND OTHERWISE, WITH THE GREAT COUNTRY OF CANADA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                      MR. KILDEE

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE WAKE OF YET ANOTHER MASS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN THE WAKE OF YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING IN THIS COUNTRY. TO ASK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SUMMON THE COURAGE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT THE NEXT TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. LAST EVENING WE HELD A MOMENT OF SILENCE ON THIS FLOOR. AND WHAT I FEAR IS THAT AGAIN THAT MOMENT OF SILENCE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY DAYS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE, BY WEEKS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE, BY MONTHS OF SILENCE BY THIS HOUSE ON THE VERY QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO MOVE PAST THE TYPICAL PARTISAN RESPONSE. THE LEGISLATION THAT I AND THREE OTHERS CRAFTED, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REGULATE THESE TERRIBLE BUMP STOCKS THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS FROM BEING AS BAD AS IT IS, OTHER THINGS WE CAN DO THAT WE AGREE ON. CLOSING THE BACKGROUND CHECK LOOPHOLE. MAKING SURE THAT IF YOU ARE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE YOU CAN'T BUY A WEAPON. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT CONGRESS OUGHT TO TAKE UP AND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO EXPECT US TO ACT UPON. LET'S DO SOMETHING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                      MS. LEE

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW MANY PEOPLE MUST DIE FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW MANY PEOPLE MUST DIE FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND ADDRESS THE SEVERE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA? WE WERE DEVASTATED BY THE MASSACRES IN NEWTOWN, LAS VEGAS, ORLANDO, AND MOST RECENTLY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA.

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                                                      MS. BARRAGAN

                                                      HIGH SCHOOL MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS. THEY CAME TO WASHINGTON WITH ONE…

                                                      HIGH SCHOOL MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS. THEY CAME TO WASHINGTON WITH ONE MESSAGE -- FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION NOW ON GUN VIOLENCE. ACTION DOESN'T MEAN HOLDING MOMENTS OF SILENCE. IT DOESN'T MEAN TWEETING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. ACTION MEANS PASSING MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION, LIKE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE PLEADING WITH US TO DO. WE SHOULD START BY BANNING WEAPONS OF WAR LIKE THE AR-15 AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE SHOULD ALLOW THE C.D.C. TO ONCE AGAIN RESEARCH THE CAUSES OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT CAN BE BETTER PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE SHOULD ALSO ACT TO PASS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. YESTERDAY, DEMOCRATS FILED A MOTION TO FORCE A VOTE ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN HAS SIGNED ONTO THE MOTION. I IMPLORE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO SIGN UP, TO CALL FOR ACTION BECAUSE INACTION MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE AND MORE FAMILIES WILL GRIEVE AND OUR STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO FEEL UNSAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE…

                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF AMERICA'S PASTOR. LAST WEEK WE MOURNED THE LOSS OF REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 99 IN HIS BELOVED HOME NORTH CAROLINA. AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PASTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, REVEREND GRAHAM TRAVELED THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IN FACT, HE PREACHED TO MORE PEOPLE THAN ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED. AS A YOUNG MAN, I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY FAMILY ALL COMING TOGETHER TO SIT IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION TO WATCH THE REVEREND GRAHAM'S CRUSADES.

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                                                      MR. ALLEN

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MS. DELAURO

                                                      THIS IS NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER WEEK. THE UNITED STATES IS THE RICHEST NATION…

                                                      THIS IS NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER WEEK. THE UNITED STATES IS THE RICHEST NATION ON EARTH. WE'RE A LAND OF ABUNDANCE. AND YET MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. THEY ARE CALLED FOOD INSECURE, BUT WHAT IT IS IS THAT THEY ARE HUNGRY. AND PROGRAMS LIKE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, THE SNAP PROGRAM HAVE ENJOYED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR DECADES. BECAUSE GREAT LEADERS, PEOPLE LIKE GEORGE MCGOVERN, BOB DOLE, TED IT KENNEDY, JACK KENNEDY, AND PEOPLE LIKE JAKE JAVITZ SAY WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PREVENT HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS STRENGTHEN THE SNAP PROGRAM NOT SABOTAGE IT. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO IMPLEMENT STRICT WORK REQUIREMENTS ARE A THINLY VEILED ATTEMPT TO THROW PEOPLE OFF THE PROGRAM. THE VAST MAJORITY OF SNAP RECIPIENTS ALREADY WORK IF THEY CAN. USDA'S MOST RECENT DATA SHOWS THAT WORK RATES HAVE BEEN INCREASING YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE FOOD BOX PROPOSAL IS AN ATTACK ON THE DIGNITY OF FAMILIES WHO HAVE FALLEN ON ON HARD TIMES. FOOD INSECURITY AFFECTS VETERANS, WORKING FAMILIES, CHILDREN, WORKERS, THE UNEMPLOYED, AND SENIORS.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                      MS. DELAURO

                                                      IT IS ABOUT SUPPORTING OUR ECONOMY. IT WORKS FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN.…

                                                      IT IS ABOUT SUPPORTING OUR ECONOMY. IT WORKS FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET…

                                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET YIELD BACK.

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                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AN 1:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY,…

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AN 1:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 1, MARCH 1. AND CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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                                                    • 11:17:58 AM

                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 734. RESOLVED. RESOLVED, THAT…

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 734. RESOLVED. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2(B) OF RULE XVIII, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MY FRIEND, MS. SLAUGHTER. PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE…

                                                      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE…

                                                      GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      THANK YOU. TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER, OUR LAWS PASS WITH THE BEST OF…

                                                      THANK YOU. TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER, OUR LAWS PASS WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS. FAIL TO KEEP PACE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY. WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT. THE BILL WAS PASSED IN 1996 AS CONGRESS' FIRST ATTEMPT TO REGULATE INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL ONLINE. THIS LAW PREVENTED HOSTS OF A WEBSITE FROM BEING TREATED AS A PUBLISHER FOR LEGAL PURPOSES. IT'S ALLOWED EBAY TO FLOURISH WHILE BE LEAGUELY FROASTED FROM THIRD PARTY CONTENT POSTED ON THEIR SITES. 20 YEARS IS AN ETERNITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE AND BAD ACTOR WEBSITES HAVE CREATED PLATFORMS DESIGNED TO FACILITATE ILLEGALITIES LIKE CHILD PROSTITUTION AND SEX TRAFFICKING. THEY USE PROVISIONS IN THIS LAW TO SHIELD THEM FROM ANY LIABILITY. ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS EXAMPLES IS ONLINE ADVERTISER BACKPAGE.COM. SINCE 2011 MORE THAN 20 CIVIL ACTION LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST THIS SITE FOR WILLINGLY FACILITATING SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE PROSTITUTION OF MINORS. HOWEVER, EACH TIME A LEGAL ACTION WAS BROUGHT AGAINST BACK PAGE, FEDERAL LAW SHIELDED THEM FROM LIABILITY. LAST YEAR "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED A CONTRACTOR FOR THIS SITE WAS SO HITSING AND CREATE SEX RELATED ADS DESPITE BACK PAGE'S REPEATED INSISTENCE THAT THEY HAD NO ROLE IN THE CONTENT OF THEIR ADS. BACK PAGE'S LONG-STANDING FEDERAL PROTECTIONS UNDER THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT TO SHIELD ITSELF FROM ALL LIABILITY. IN THE DOUGH VS. BACK PAGE RULING BY THE FIRST CIRCUIT, THE JUDGES HELD EVEN IF BACK PAGE HAD FACILITATED THE CRIME OF SEX TRAFFICKING, THEN THIS LAW SHIELDED THE COMPANY FROM THE CLAIMS THAT WERE FILED BY THE CHILD VICTIMS. THE FIRST CIRCUIT RECENTLY REITERATED THAT WHEN IT THREW OUT YET ANOTHER LAWSUIT AGAINST BACK PAGE. THE COURTS WERE UNABLE TO HELP THESE VICTIMS IT. INSTEAD, ENCOURAGING THEM TO PURSUIT LEGISLATIVE CHANGES. AND THAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY. H.R. 168 -- 1865 FINALLY CREATES A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO HOLD THESE BAD ACTORS THE COURTS WERE UNABLE ACCOUNTABLE AND ALLOW THE VICTIMS TO SEEK THE DAMAGES THAT THEY DESERVE. IT CREATES A NEW OFFENSE IN THE FEDERAL CODE FOR WEBSITES THAT IF SILL TATE THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY -- FACILITATES THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND GIVES PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THE BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF A LOFT GREAT WORK AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER FOR INTRODUCING IT. THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT MADE IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS THAT SUBSTANTIALLY STRENGTHENS THE LEGISLATION, AND HAD CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER'S FULL SUPPORT. ITS INCLUSION OF A BIPARTISAN SENATE LANGUAGE TO DRASTICALLY IMPROVE ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THIS IS LANGUAGE THAT HAS THE SUPPORT OF BOTH THE TECH INDUSTRY AND THE VICTIMS ADVOCACY GROUPS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS SO NICE TO SEE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL, COME TOGETHER ON THIS. AND THROUGH COLLABORATION WE HAVE CRAFTED A BILL THAT DOES JUST MORE THAN UPDATE A 20-YEAR-OLD LAW. IT FULFILLS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT CHILDREN THAT WE REPRESENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 11:27:59 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD AS MUCH…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THIS ISSUE, MRS. WAGNER FROM MISSOURI.

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                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MAY CONSUFMENTE

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                                                      MRS. WAGNER

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I LOVE THIS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I LOVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY ON THE RULE FOR H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING, OR FOSTA -- FOSSA. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN -- FOSTA. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN BORN OUT OF NECESSARYITY BUT A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ME SINCE I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO CONGRESS OVER FIVE YEARS AGO. THE BILL IS THE RESULT OF MEETINGS WITH TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIM MIZED BY THE ONLINE SEX -- VICTIMIZED BY THE ONLINE SEX TRADE AND UNABLE TO GET JUSTICE OR RELIEF IN OUR COURT SYSTEMS. TODAY'S CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IS AN HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT, A LONG AWAITED CLARIFICATION FROM THIS CONGRESS THAT THE BUSINESSES THAT SELL OUR CHILDREN ONLINE CAN NO LONGER DO SO WITH IMPUNITY. IT IS A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT THERE ARE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR WEBSITES THAT ACTIVELY PROFIT FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. IT IS A WAKE-UP CALL TO AMERICA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM MAKING CLEAR THAT SEX 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT DOES NOT PRO-- SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS KREINCY ACT DOES NOT PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO WEBSITES ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN MODERN DAY SLAVERY. FOSTA IS A RECOMMITMENT TO AMERICANS THAT CONGRESS NEVER INTENDED TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO COMMIT CRIMES ONLINE THAT THEY COULD NOT COMMIT OFF LINE. IT IS IN MANY OFF LINE. IT IS IN MANY WAYS JUST A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF THE OBVIOUS. CONGRESS DOES NOT BELIEVE AND DID WE NEVER, EVER BELIEVE THAT RAPE WAS A PREREQUISITE OF A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET. . CONGRESS IS MAKING CONGRESS IS MAKING IT CLEAR THAT WE WILL PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND COMBINED WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT WHICH REINSTATES VICTIMS' CENTERED PROVISION FATHERS MY ORIGINAL BILL LAST APRIL, THIS LEGISLATION IS NOW A GUARANTEE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. IT'S A MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN AND VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF THEIR BASIC DIGNITIES THAT CONGRESS HEARS THEM AND IS RESPONDING TO THE INJUSTICES THAT THEY ALL HAVE FACED. IT HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY JOURNEY TO GET TO THIS POINT. TO FIND MIDDLE GROUND WITH TECH INDUSTRY, THE VICTIMS' ADVOCATES, TO INCORPORATE THE CONCERNS OF PROSECUTORS AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY, TO MOVE THIS BILL THROUGH COMMITTEE AND TO GET BOTH FOSTA AND THE WALTERS AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. SO I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO JOINED MY CRUSADE TO RESTORE JUSTICE TO THE BRAVE CHILDREN, WOMEN AND MEN ACROSS OUR COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN SOLD ONLINE. I AM GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND HIS TEAM FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE IN HELPING US INCLUDE A STRONG NEW CRIME THAT WILL ENABLE PROSECUTORS TO GET -- TO BETTER TARGET ONLINE TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PRIORITIZE THIS ISSUE. AND I MUST GIVE BIG THANK YOUS TO MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY, OUR WHIP SCALISE AND SPEAKER RYAN FOR LEADING THE WAY IN DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN. I'M GRATEFUL FOR SENATORS PORTMAN AND BLUMENTHAL, SENATORS CORNYN AND MCCASKILL FOR CARRYING THIS ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND ADVOCATING FOR A SOLUTION TO ALLOW VICTIMS TO ACCESS THE CIVIL REMEDIES THAT THEY DESERVE. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR 176 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS, MANY OF WHOM PERSONALLY STOPPED ON THE FLOOR HERE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT VICTIMS OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. AND ESPECIALLY I WANT TO MENTION CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY WHO FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR WHAT IS TRULY A LANDMARK BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO SAVE LIVES. I AM ALSO SO THANKFUL FOR MY DEDICATED STAFF WHO HAVE POINT OF ORDER THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR MINDS -- POURED THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR MINDS INTO THIS FIGHT IN MORE WAYS THAN THE PUBLIC WILL EVER KNOW. FOSTA, COMBINED WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, WILL PROVIDE BETTER CIVIL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS, MORE CONVICTIONS AND MORE PREDATORS BEHIND BARS. AND BECAUSE OF THIS PACKAGE, FEWER BUSINESSES WILL EVER DARE TO ENTER THE SEX TRADE AND FEWER VICTIMS WILL BE SOLD INTO MODERN DAY SEX SLAVERY. LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I AM IN AWE AND GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE SURVIVORS IN THIS FIGHT TO TURN FOSTA AND CESTA INTO LAW. THEY PIECE THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER ALONE. THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED THIS BILL AND THAT'S WHY IT MUST BECOME LAW. I EXPECT THIS LEGISLATION TO SAIL THROUGH THE SENATE AND MAKES ITS WAY TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SO WE CAN PUT THE BAD ACTOR WEBSITES BEHIND BARS, DETER OTHERS FROM ENTERING THIS ECOSYSTEM AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR OUR VICTIMS. THANKS TO YOU AND OUR COLLEAGUES, WHEN WE VOTE TODAY FOR FOSTA AND THE WALTERS AMENDMENT, OUR SURVIVORS WILL KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND JUSTICE WILL INDEED NO LONGER BE OUT OF REACH. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 11:34:25 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM PLEASED TO…

                                                      THANK YOU. AND, MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ESPAILLAT.

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                                                      MR. ESPAILLAT

                                                      THANK YOU, MS. SLAUGHTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENDING DACA WILL BE A…

                                                      THANK YOU, MS. SLAUGHTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENDING DACA WILL BE A NIGHTMARE FOR DREAMERS. IN FACT, IT WILL BE A NIGHTMARE FOR BUSINESSES. A NIGHTMARE FOR AMERICA'S ECONOMY. YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE STATEMENT MAY HAVE BEEN SAID BY THE ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRATION RIGHTS OR MAYBE BY SOME OF THE FAITH-BASED GROUPS THAT SUPPORT IMMIGRATION, BUT IT WASN'T. IT WAS SAID BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT IS SO BECAUSE DACA-ELIGIBLE WORKERS CONTRIBUTE $1.4 BILLION IN FEDERAL TAXES, $2 BILLION IN SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES, AND $470 MILLION IN MEDICARE EVERY SINGLE YEAR. SO THIS STATEMENT THAT ON ITS FACE WE WOULD THINK WAS MADE BY FOLKS THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY SUPPORTED IMMIGRATION RIGHTS WAS MADE BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE ONE ENTITY THAT IS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, AND THE WELL-BEING OF OUR ECONOMY. RANKING MEMBER NYDIA VELAZQUEZ'S REPORT ON THE END OF DACA, SMALL BUSINESSES FOUND THAT DEPORTING DREAMERS WILL COST $60 BILLION IN REDUCED ECONOMIC GROWTH BY $280 BILLION, INCLUDING $460 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT OVER A DECADE. SO THIS IS THE IMPACT, THE DRAMATIC IMPACT NOT RENEWING DACA. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE EYES OF THESE DREAMERS, WE JUST CAN'T SAY NO TO THEM. YOU CAN'T SAY NO TO A YOUNG PERSON FULL OF ASPIRATIONS, FULL OF DREAMS AND STILL FULL OF SO MUCH HOPE FOR OUR NATION. EVEN UNDER THESE VERY CRITICAL TIMES, CHALLENGING TIMES FOR OUR NATION AND THE WORLD, THESE DREAMERS ARE FULL OF ASPIRATIONS. SO THE QUESTION WILL BE, ARE WE A NATION OF ASPIRATIONS OR A NATION OF DEPORTATION? NEARLY EIGHT IN 10 VOTERS SUPPORT ALLOWING DREAMERS TO REMAIN PERMANENTLY IN OUR COUNTRY. IN RED STATES AND BLUE STATES, IN REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DISTRICTS AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS, OVER 80% OF AMERICANS FEEL THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY IN OUR NATION. EVEN 3/4 OF TRUMP VOTERS AND ONLY 14% BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE FORCED OUT. ONLY 14% OF OUR NATION FEELS THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE KICKED OUT, THROWN OUT IN THE COLD. ONLY 14%. A VERY SMALL MINORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THAT SHOULD BE WHAT WE DO. 91% OF DACA RECIPIENTS YOUNGER THAN 25 ARE EMPLOYED. THERE ARE NO BURDEN ON OUR ECONOMY. WHILE THOSE THAT ARE OVER 25 YEARS OLD HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED AT A RATE OF 93%, 93% OF DACA RECIPIENTS OVER 25 YEARS OLD ARE WORKING, RESIDENTS OF OUR NATION WITH AN AVERAGE EARNING OF $36,000. DREAMERS ARE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, DEVOTED MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES, MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES, FIRST RESPONDERS, THAT'S WHO DREAMERS ARE. THEY ARE NOT A LOAD ON OUR COUNTRY. AS WE SAW IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY, IT WAS A DREAMER WHO MADE FOOD AND VOLUNTEERED TO SET UP BEDS FOR THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE DISPLACED. JESUS CONTRAYAS, A PARAMEDIC WHO WORKED FOR SIX DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE -- CONTRRAS, A PARAMEDIC WHO WORKED FOR SIX DAYS AFTER THE HURRICANE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO VOTE FOR THE MOTION.

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                                                    • 11:40:05 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. DUNCAN

                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND THE RULE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND THE RULE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I WANT TO ALSO COMMEND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, MORE THAN HALF OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE 17 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, THERE WAS AN ASTOUNDING 846% INCREASE FROM 2010 TO 2015 IN REPORTS OF SUSPECTED CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. THEY FOUND THIS TO BE, QUOTE, DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO THE INCREASED USE OF THE INTERNET TO SELL CHILDREN FOR SEX. THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, I WAS A CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE FOR 7 1/2 YEARS TRYING FELONY CRIMINAL CASES. FAR TOO MANY OF THOSE CASES INVOLVED SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS. I WAS TOLD MY FIRST DAY AS A JUDGE THAT WELL OVER 90% OF THE DEFENDANTS IN FELONY CASES CAME FROM FATHER-ABSENT HOUSEHOLDS. CERTAINLY FAMILY BREAKDOWN HAS BEEN A MAJOR FACTOR, MAYBE THE MAJOR FACTOR IN ALMOST ALL SERIOUS CRIMES WE HAVE HAD THROUGH THE YEARS. BUT CERTAINLY ANOTHER PROBLEM IS THAT WE HAVE ADDICTED OUR CHILDREN TO THE COMPUTERS. NOW ALMOST EVERYONE IS ADDICTED TO COMPUTERS, IPADS, IPODS AND SCREENS OF ALL TYPES. WHILE SOME TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN GOOD, IT IS ALSO IN SOME WAYS BEEN VERY HARMFUL TO MANY IN OUR SOCIETY. IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "HAVE SMARTPHONES DESTROYED A GENERATION?" PSYCHOLOGIST GENE WROTE IN THE ATLANTA MAGAZINE, QUOTE, IF YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE ADVICE FOR A HAPPY ADOLESCENT BASED ON THIS SURVEY IT WILL BE STRAIGHTFORWARD, PUT DOWN THE PHONE, TURN OFF THE LAPTOP AND DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE A SCREEN. SHE WROTE THAT TOO MUCH TIME ON THE INTERNET HAS CAUSED TEENAGERS TO BE MUCH MORE SUBJECT TO MENTAL PROBLEMS OF ALL TYPES, EVEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE. WHILE THIS ADVICE PERTAINS TO TEENS, I THINK IT REALLY APPLIES TO EVERYONE. EVEN MOST ADULTS TODAY WOULD BE HEALTHIER BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IF THEY SPENT LESS TIME STARING AT SCREENS. TO DATE, TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE MANY THINGS EASIER, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS INCLUDES THE CRIME OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, VERY NECESSARY AT THIS TIME, AND I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 11:42:49 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                                                    • 11:42:52 AM

                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO DO THAT WITH YOU. AT THIS POINT I HAD NONE. I…

                                                      I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO DO THAT WITH YOU. AT THIS POINT I HAD NONE. I HAD ONE COMING BUT I BELIEVE THEY WON'T BE HERE. IF YOU'RE READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TODAY AND AS WELL…

                                                      I'M READY TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TODAY AND AS WELL AS ME HAVE DISCUSSED THE NEED TO PROTECT AMERICA'S CHILDREN. AND THIS BILL IS A GREAT PIECE OF THAT AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. BUT THERE IS MORE THAT WE SHOULD DO. THAT MUST INCLUDE ACTING TO CURB THE NATION'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. EVERY DAY IN AMERICA, 91 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY A GUN. SINCE SANDY HOOK THERE HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO 1,000 MASS SHOOTINGS. THOSE MASS SHOOTINGS ONE WHERE THREE OR MORE PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. IMAGINE THAT. THOUSANDS OF THEM. OUR NATION IS STILL MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE 17 LIVES JUST LAST WEEK WHEN A GUNMAN USING AN AR-15 STYLE RIFLE OPENED FIRE AT THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THAT GUN IS A WEAPON OF WAR, SHOULD ONLY BE IN THE HANDS OF THE MILITARY AND NEVER ON THE STREETS OF THE UNITED STATES. ASSAULT WEAPONS WERE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE, NOT JUST IN THE FLORIDA SHOOTING, BUT ALSO THE MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS, THE MOVIE THEATER IN AURORA, COLORADO, AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SANDY HOOK, CONNECTICUT. THEY WERE PERMITTED UNDER THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN THAT CONGRESS LET EXPIRE IN 2004. AND I WAS HERE WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THAT BAN AND WE SAW A GREAT DECREASE IN GUN DEATHS FROM IT. SO THEY SHOULD BE PROHIBITED TODAY, NOT IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY WANT TO KILL THE MOST PEOPLE THEY CAN IN THE SHORTEST TIME. WHY WOULD WE ALLOW AN INSANITY LIKE THAT? SO I WAS PLEASED TO CO-SPONSOR LEGISLATION THIS WEEK TO REIMPLEMENT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. THE STUDENTS OF THE -- EXCUSE ME -- THE STUDENTS OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS ARE INSPIRING THE ENTIRE NATION TO PUSH CONGRESS TO DO OUR JOB AND TO ACT ON GUN VIOLENCE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THAT EVERYBODY FEELS FROM ALL OF THIS, BUT WE CAN'T MAINTAIN IT. WE GO FROM ONE TO THE OTHER AS THOUGH NOTHING HAD EVER HAPPENED BEFORE, BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO DO WHAT THE N.R.A. HAS DONE IS FORBID US FROM DOING ANY KIND OF GUN RESEARCH AT THE COMMUNICABLE CENTER. THAT SHOULD BE LIFTED -- DISEASE CENTER. THAT SHOULD BE LIFTED. KEEPING PEOPLE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND NO FLY LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS, EXEMPLOYEESES SEEMS TO BE A -- EXPLOSIVES SEEMS TO BE A NO-BRAINER BUT WE WON'T DO THAT. AND REINSTATING OUR WEAPONS BAN, AGAIN, I THINK IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. PERHAPS THE VOICES OF THOSE INJURED AND GRIEVING CHILDREN CAN BREAK THE GUN LOBBY STRANGLE HOLD ON CONGRESS. I HOPE SO. THE MAJORITY SHOULD HEED THEIR CALL BECAUSE WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE IN A UNIQUE POSITION. UNLIKE THE CLERKY OR GRIEF COUNSELORS OR -- CLERGY OR GRIEF COUNSELORS OR ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO COMBAT THIS VIOLENCE, AND IT CERTAINLY IS, MR. SPEAKER, PAST TIME THAT WE DO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

                                                    • 11:46:36 AM

                                                      MR. COLLINS

                                                      AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT…

                                                      AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017. WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE'LL PREVENT WEBSITES LIKE BACK PAGE FROM HIDING BEHIND SECTION 230 WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY EMPOWERING LAW ENFORCEMENT, STATES ATTORNEYS GENERALS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

                                                      YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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                                                    • 11:47:59 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND…

                                                      BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. SEARCH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      RESOLUTION.

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                                                      INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

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                                                      EXCEPT ONE

                                                      ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING…

                                                      ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

                                                    • 11:50:32 AM

                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN. PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 11:50:43 AM

                                                      MR. BURKE

                                                      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

                                                      DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                                    • 11:50:53 AM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. JUST…

                                                      I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. JUST THREE WEEKS AGO WE HOST ADD SMALL LENDER IN MY DISTRICT OFFICE WHO WAS BEING HINDERED IN HIS EFFORTS TO SERVE HOME BUYERS IN EASTERN COLORADO. WHY? BECAUSE WASHINGTON IN ITS UNYIELDING EFFORT TO REGULATE EVERY DECISION OF AMERICANS LUMPED THIS LENDER INTO A BROADER REGULATION THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSING CRISIS 10 YEARS AGO. THIS ISN'T SOME THEORETICAL EXERCISE. THESE REGULATIONS HAVE REAL IMPACT ON COLORADOANS. THE LAST COLORADOANS. THE LAST TIME I WAS ON THE FLOOR DEBATING THESE ISSUES I DISCUSSED THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITUATION IN COLORADO. WITHOUT COMPLETELY RECOUNTING THAT DEBATE, I WANT TO REITERATE THE BASICS FACTS. FROM 20 2009 TO 2016 COLORADO HAD A NET INCREASE OF 600,000 PEOPLE N THAT SAME TIME HOUSING COSTS SKYROCKETED BY MORE THAN 57%. SINCE 2016, OUR GROWTH HAS BEGUN TO FALL OFF CONSIDERABLY. WHEN THE "DENVER POST" RESEARCH, STATE A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE AND DECADES MORE GROWTH POTENTIAL HAD A DRAMATICALLY SLOWING GROWTH RATE, THEY FOUND IN A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF IT HAD TO DO WITH RISING HOUSING COSTS. WE MUST RECONSIDER OUR WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST REGULATORY APPROACH. HERE IN WASHINGTON CAN'T POSSIBLY KNOW WHAT IS THE BEST FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYER IN FORT MORGAN OR CASTLE ROCK, HERE IN WASHINGTON CAN'T COLORADO. I'M TIRED OF THE ARROGANCE OF WASHINGTON TELLING US IN EASTERN COLORADO WHICH BANKS WE CAN AND CAN'T USE TO IT FINANCE OUR MORTGAGES. IT IS TIME THAT WE BRING FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PLACE THAT NEEDS IT MOST. WASHINGTON. THAT'S WHAT THESE TWO FINANCIAL BILLS DO. THEY RETURN POWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY REDUCE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS ON SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS, THEREBY FREEING UP CAPITAL, THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS CAN ACCESS TO CREATE NEW JOBS. THEY MAKE COMMONSENSE CHANGES TO FEDERAL LAW SO REGULATORS HAVE TO ROUTINELY REVIEW THEIR REGULATIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE REGULATIONS ARE NOT OVERLY BURDENSOME. EASTERN COLORADOANS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST MINDSET OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. I'M LISTENING TO THEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION WHICH COMBINES TWO BILLS FROM THE…

                                                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION WHICH COMBINES TWO BILLS FROM THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, H.R. 460 AND H.R. 4296, LEGISLATION TO UNDERCUT OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER A COMPLETELY CLOSED PROCESS. THESE ARE THE 66 AND 67TH CLOSED RULES THIS -- OF THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S TOTAL LACK OF CONSIDERATION FOR REGULAR ORDER. FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, REGULAR ORDER IS DEAD IN THIS CONGRESS. WE CONSIDER ONE CLOSED RULE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER. AND REPUBLICANS ROUTINELY RUSH BILLS TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT EVEN HOLDING HEARINGS ON THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION TO HELP MEMBERS BERT UNDERSTAND THE IMPACTS OF THESE BILLS AND BENEFIT FROM EXPERT WITNESSES. WHAT IS ESPECIALLY SHAMEFUL ABOUT THE PROCESS TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE FACT THAT THERE WERE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED, BUT REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO SELF-EXECUTE THESE NONGERMANE AMENDMENTS WITH NO DEBATE OR DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. TO SHUT DOWN THE ABILITY OF MEMBERS TO OFFER ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS. THIS IS JUST BAD LEGISLATING PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND I HOPE THAT IF NOVEMBER TURNS OUT THE WAY I HOPE IT DOES, AND WE HAVE A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS, THAT WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE THAT WE RUN THIS PLACE LIKE PROFESSIONALS. LIKE ADULTS. WHERE WE RESPECT ALL POINTS OF VIEW. WHERE WE GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER AND WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO REGULAR ORDER AND MEAN IT. WHY ARE WE DOING IT ALL THIS, MR. SPEAKER? WHAT IS POSSIBLY SO URGENT THAT WE HAVE TO THROW REGULAR ORDER OUT THE WINDOW? TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING ANOTHER TWO PIECES OF DEREGULATORY LEGISLATION THAT WILL BENEFIT BIG BANKS AT THE EXPENSE OF FINANCIAL STABILITY TO OUR ECONOMY AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS THAT HELP EVERYDAY FAMILIES. H.R. 4607 H.R. 4607 WOULD CREATE A LOPSIDED APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTING REGULATION THAT IS FORCES AGENCIES TO CONSIDER THE COSTS OF REGULATIONS ON BANKERS WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE BENEFIT TO CONSUMERS. H.R. 4296 WOULD UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF REGULATORS TO ESTABLISH OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY FROM ANOTHER CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT CONGRESS TO PUT THEM FIRST. NOT THE BIG BANKS. ESPECIALLY THE BIG BANKS THAT WRECKED OUR ECONOMY AND ENDANGERED THE LIFE SAVINGS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES. WE OWE IT TO THEM TO BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP THEIR LIVES AND WILL MAKE OUR COUNTRY BETTER. BUT SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO ACT ON MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS NEARLY TWO WEEKS SINCE 17 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 14 STUDENTS, WERE GUNNED DOWN AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THIS WAS ONE OF THE WORST SHOOTINGS OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. IT WAS THE EIGHTH SCHOOL SHOOTING THIS YEAR. IT'S ONLY FEBRUARY. YET REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE NOT LIFTED A FINGER TO TAKE UP BIPARTISAN GUN REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP TO PREVENT SHOOTINGS LIKE THESE AND PROTECT OUR KIDS. INSTEAD WE'RE HERE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WILL ONLY HELP THE ALREADY RICH AND POWERFUL. THIS IS SHAMEFUL, ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL, MR. SPEAKER. ACCORDING TO THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, A NONPROFIT THAT MONITORS GUN VIOLENCE, SINCE 2014 THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 1,360 MASS SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA. IN 2018 ALONE, LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, A NONPROFIT THAT MONITORS GUN 400 TEENS, AGE 12 THROUGH 17, AND 90 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 11 KILLED OR INJURED BY GUNS. YET THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE EVEN REFUSES TO BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION BANNING BUMP STOCKS. A REFORM AGREED UPON BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I THOUGHT. THE N.R.A. HAS EVEN SAID, I QUOTE, DEVICES DESIGN TO ALLOW SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES TO FUNCTION LIKE FULLY AUTOMATIC SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS. END QUOTE. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY MEANT IT BUT THEY SAID T PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED, I QUOTE, I WILL BE STRONGLY PUSHING COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON MENTAL HEALTH, RAISE AGE TO 21, AND END SALE OF BUMP STOCKS, EXCLAMATION POINT. CONGRESS IS IN THE MOOD TO TIMELY DO SOMETHING ON THIS ISSUE. I HOPE, EXCLAMATION POINT. END OF QUOTE. NOW IT IS TRUE THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS SO ERRATIC HE CHANGES HIS MIND FROM HOUR TO THE NEXT. BUT SO FAR I HAVEN'T SEEN A RETRACTION TWEET. SO WE -- I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE HE'S STILL STANDING BY HIS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THESE MODEST GUN SAFETY REFORMS. YET HERE WE'RE JUST DAYS AFTER THIS HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING AND NOT ONE SINGLE GUN REFORM, GUN SAFETY BILL IS BEING VOTED ON OR EVEN SCHEDULED FOR A VOTE. I AM FURIOUS THAT IN THE FACE OF SUCH TRAGEDY AND SUCH SENSELESS VIOLENCE THAT THIS CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING. NOT A THING, TO PROTECT OUR KIDS AND FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. STUDENTS FROM AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT IN MASSACHUSETTS SENT ME A LETTER LAST WEEK THAT EVERY REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS SHOULD READ. AND THEY WRITE, AND I QUOTE, 17 INNOCENT PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. THAT SCARES US. IT SCARES US THAT KIDS HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL WONDERING IF THEY ARE NEXT. THAT WE EVEN HAVE TO THINK THAT THE NEXT TIME WE SEE SOME OF OUR CLASSMATES OR TEACHERS MAY BE IN THEIR OPEN CASKETS. WHAT SCARES US MOST OF ALL IS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FAILS TO DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE THIS. THEY CONTINUE. THEY ARE GONE BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY DOESN'T CARE ENOUGH TO HAVE BETTER GUN CONTROL. AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING UNTIL THEY GET THEIR JUSTICE. WE'RE WRITING THIS LETTER BECAUSE WE WANT TO PERSONALLY ASK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR POLITICIANS, HOW MANY MORE KILLINGS MUST WE BEAR BEFORE THE LAWS ARE CHANGED? OUR COUNTRY IS NO LONGER SAFE, NOT IN SCHOOL, CHURCH, CONCERTS, PARTIES, OR EVEN PUBLIC MEETING AREAS. PLEASE CHOOSE TO DO CHANGED? OUR COUNTRY IS NO LONGER SAFE, NOT IN SOMETHING. ALL OF OUR LIVES DEPEND ON YOUR ACTIONS, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THEIR LETTER IN THE RECORD.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      CAN I NOT SAY IT BERT THAN THESE STUDENTS -- I CANNOT SAY IT BETTER THAN…

                                                      CAN I NOT SAY IT BERT THAN THESE STUDENTS -- I CANNOT SAY IT BETTER THAN THESE STUDENTS, MR. SPEAKER. THESE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE WRITING TO CONGRESS BEGGING US TO DO SOMETHING TO END VIOLENCE. THEY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT A BETTER FUHR. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, ARE YOU -- FUTURE. I WOULD ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE YOU SO BEHOLDEN TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION YOU COULD POSSIBLY TURN YOUR BACKS ON OUR COUNTRY'S YOUNG PEOPLE? . 80% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT BAN ON ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPONS LIKE THE ONES USED IN THE FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING, AND 90% SUPPORT TOUGHER BACKGROUND CHECKS. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY SHOULD BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER ON, BUT I WOULD SAY EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT WHAT I THINK IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND COMMONSENSE REFORM, UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DO SUPPORT THIS AND AT LEAST BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE AND THAT PEOPLE CAN VOTE HOWEVER THEY WANT TO VOTE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THESE TERRIBLE BILLS THAT HELP BIG BANKS AND PUT CONSUMERS IN OUR COUNTRY AT RISK AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE REAL PRIORITIES THAT WE SHOULD BE TACKLING. IT IS LONG PAST TIME FOR CONGRESS TO FINALLY DO SOMETHING TO STOP THESE HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTINGS THAT ARE TAKING THE LIVES OF OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE COULD HAVE JUST AS EASILY SPENT THIS AFTERNOON DEBATING AND APPROVING ONE OR MORE OF ANY OF THE GUN SAFETY AND GUN REFORM MEASURES THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE COULD HAVE SHOWN HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, OUR CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE HEARD THEM, THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM, AND THAT WE'RE STARTING TO TAKE ACTION. INSTEAD, WE'RE DEBATING THESE WORTHLESS BILLS TO HELP BIG BANKS AND CONTINUING TO IGNORE OUR CHILDREN'S SUFFERING. SHAME ON THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. SHAME ON ALL OF US. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. LOUDERMILK

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS RULE. I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED WHEN I WALKED IN BASED ON WHAT I WAS HEARING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WHAT BILL WE WERE ACTUALLY DISCUSSING. LET ME SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I GET INTO WHY I'M RISING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THESE IMPORTANT BILLS THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BEING SOMEONE THAT'S BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF BEING SHOT AT, WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON HOW DO WE MAKE OUR CHILDREN SAFE. AND I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER IS DEEPLY, DEEPLY CONCERNED ON THAT. AND WE HAVE TO ASSUME THE NEXT SHOOTER IS THERE AND HE ALREADY HAS A WEAPON. AND THE ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE MUST BE FOCUSED CLEARLY ON HOW DO WE MAKE THESE CHILDREN SAFE. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER THAT WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT, ESPECIALLY I KNOW ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO THAT. BUT TODAY WE'RE HERE SPEAKING ON A RULE THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR TWO BILLS THAT WE'RE BRINGING UP. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY MY BILL, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATE REVIEW ACT, BUT ALSO MY COLLEAGUE, FROM LUETKEMEYER'S BILL, WHICH WE'RE ALSO DISCUSSING HERE. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS CONTINUING TO TAKE UP STRONGLY BIPARTISAN BILLS FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED SO FAR, MR. SPEAKER, -- THE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED 91 BILLS IN THIS CONGRESS, AND WE HAVE TAKEN OUR REMARKABLE PRODUCTIVITY TO THE FLOOR BY PASSING 36 BILLS OUT OF THIS CHAMBER, AND SIX OF THEM HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. MY BILL, WHICH WE ARE BEGINNING TO DEBATE HERE TODAY, IS ANOTHER STRONGLY BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WILL PROVIDE REGULATE RELIEF FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND CREDIT FOR BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A HISTORICAL TREND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO OVERREGULATE AFTER AN ECONOMIC RECESSION. THE RECOVERY FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2008 TO 2009 WAS WEAK AND SLOW FOR MANY REASONS. NOT LEAST OF WHICH WAS OVERREGULATION OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR BY THE DODD-FRANK ACT AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. SOME WOULD ARGUE THERE IS ALSO A TREND TO UNDERREGULATE DURING GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES, LIKE WE ARE LIVING IN NOW. SOME SAY THAT THE REGULATE RELIEF LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL LEAD TO ABUSES BY BIG BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CAUSE ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS. BUT THESE BILLS WILL NOT CAUSE THE GOVERNMENT TO UNDERREGULATE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THEY WILL SIMPLY IMPLEMENT SMART REGULATION. IN OTHER WORDS, THESE BILLS DO NOT GUT OR ELIMINATE REGULATION. THEY RIGHT SIZE REGULATION AND MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT. BACK IN 1996 CONGRESS DID A GOOD THING BY PASSING THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT, OR AS WE CALL IT, EGREPA. IT REQUIRES REGULATE AGENCIES TO GO BACK ONCE A DECADE AND REVIEW THEIR REGULATIONS TO IDENTIFY THOSE THAT MAY BE OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY OR OVERLY BURDENSOME. AND THEN THEY ARE TO SEND A REPORT TO CONGRESS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE AGENCIES TO ELIMINATE REGULATION IFS THEY DETERMINE THEY ARE INAPPROPRIATE. MAKE -- REGULATIONS IF THEY DETERMINE THEY ARE INAPPROPRIATE. THIS IS A VERY VALUABLE TOOL BUT REGULATE REVIEWS HAVE BEEN VIEWED AS MERELY AS A CHECK THE BOX EXERCISE BY THESE AGENCIES AND IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR. MANY BELIEVE THE TWO REPORTS WHICH WERE RELEASED IN 2007 AND THEN A DECADE LATER IN 2017 WERE LACKLUSTER AND COULD HAVE PRODUCED MORE USEFUL RECOMMENDATIONS TO POLICYMAKERS AND UNDER THE CURRENT LAW IT WILL BE ANOTHER DECADE BEFORE WE COULD ACTUALLY LOOK AT THOSE REGULATIONS AGAIN. IT COULD ALSO RESULT IN MORE ACTION FROM THE REGULATORS TO CLEAN UP OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARY RULES. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO REVIEW THIS AND REVITALIZE THIS LAW. MY BILL CONTAINS SEVERAL REVIEWS TO THE PROCESS THAT WILL BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE LAW AND MAKE SURE IT'S NOT SIMPLY A CHECK THE BOX EXERCISE FOR REGULATORS. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT REGULATE REVIEWS BY REMOVING -- MOVING THE REVIEW CYCLE FROM 10 TO SEVEN YEARS. IT WILL EXPAND IT TO INCLUDE ALL REGULATED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS INSTEAD OF THE ONLY INSURED DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS. IT WILL INCLUDE THE CFPB AND THE BILL WILL ALSO CODIFY THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION INTO IT SINCE THE NCUA PARTICIPATED IN LATEST REVIEW VOLUNTARILY. IT WILL REQUIRE THE CFPB TO USE ITS FINDINGS IN THE DODD-FRANK REGULATE REVIEWS AND THE REPORTS SO THE CFPB DOES NOT WASTE TIME ON RULES IT'S ALREADY REVIEWED. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE AGENCIES TO TAILOR RULES THEY FIND TO BE UNNECESSARY, OUTDATED OR OVERLY BURDENSOME BASED ON THE SIZE AND RISK PROFILE OF THE BANK OR CREDIT UNION. THAT IS THE REGULATORS MAKING THE DETERMINATION. NOT THE BANKS AND NOT THE INSTITUTIONS.

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                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      I YIELD ONE MORE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                      MR. LOUDERMILK

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM WRAPPING UP. THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM WRAPPING UP. THIS BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE OF MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDING ALL REPUBLICANS AND EIGHT DEMOCRATS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUES, AND LET'S BE HONEST,…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY COLLEAGUES, AND LET'S BE HONEST, THE TWO BILLS THAT WE'RE DEBATING TODAY ARE NOTHINGBURGERS. YOU KNOW, I JUST FIGURED THIS OUT. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WE HAVE SPENT 43% OF THE BILLS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN FINANCIAL SERVICE-RELATED BILLS. MOSTLY TO UNDERCUT DODD-FRANK AND TO REWARD BIG BANKS AND POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS BUT WE COULD DEBATE THAT. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MOST OF THIS LEGISLATION, MOST I THINK HAS BEEN DESTRUCTIVE TO OUR ECONOMY OR IT DOESN'T ADD UP TO VERY MUCH OF ANYTHING, BUT NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF IT, AND WE CAN SAY BANKING ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THEY'RE NOT AS IMPORTANT AS PROTECTING OUR KIDS. 43% OF THE BILLS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE HAVE BASICALLY BEEN ATTEMPTS TO REWARD BIG CORPORATIONS AND BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE SPENT ZERO TIME, 0% OF OUR TIME DISCUSSING LEGISLATION TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME IN THE RULES COMMITTEE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF THE TIME DEBATING A BILL TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME DISCUSSING HOW WE CAN RESTRICT HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON. WE HAVE SPENT 0% OF OUR TIME ON THE ISSUE OF GUNS, NOTWITHSTANDING WE ARE SEEING MASSACRES OCCUR ON A REGULAR BASIS IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE. . WE HAVE THE TIME, AND IF THIS WERE A PRIORITY WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THIS COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION TODAY RATHER THAN, AS I SAID, THESE NOTHINGBURGERS THAT ARE NOW BEFORE US. MR. SPEAKER, LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO A GUNMAN WALKED INTO A SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, AND GUNNED DOWN 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. UNFORTUNATELY, SENSELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE LIKE THAT ONE ARE FAR TOO COMMON. ACCORDING TO EVERY TOWN FOR GUN SAFETY, EVERY DAY 96 AMERICANS ARE KILLED WITH GUNS AND EVERY YEAR THERE ARE 13,000 GUN HOMICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH THIS MOST RECENT TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND, AMERICANS HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE ALL BEEN INSPIRED BY THESE ELOQUENT AND PASSIONATE VOICES OF THESE YOUNG STUDENTS FROM FLORIDA WHO HAVE -- HAD THE GUTS TO STAND UP AND SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. BUT MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO A POLL LAST WEEK, OVER 90% OF AMERICANS ARE IN FAVOR OF UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN PURCHASES. ACCORDING TO A CNN POLL FROM YESTERDAY, OVER 70% ARE IN FAVOR OF STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS GENERALLY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CLAMORING FOR ACTION ON THIS ISSUE. AND WE HAVE YET TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. NOT ONE THING. AS I MENTIONED, ALL OF OUR TIME HAS BEEN SPENT MOSTLY ON LEGISLATION TO HELP THE WELL-OFF AND THE POWERFUL IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE NOT SPENT ANY TIME AT ALL TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF GUNS WHICH ARE KILLING OUR KIDS. BUT TODAY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN OVER THE POWER OF THE GUN LOBBY. I WANT TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF WE DEFEAT THE BREFF QUESTION I WILL OFFER -- PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER H.R. 3240, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT, H.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUND CHECK COMPLETION ACT, AND H.R. 2598, THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER ACT. THESE BILLS WILL CLOSE THE DANGEROUS GUN SHOW AND INTERNET SALE BACKGROUND CHECK LOOPHOLES, PREVENT THE SALE OF GUNS WITHOUT A COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECK, AND ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE A DANGER TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS CAN BE PREVENTED FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A GUN. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                                      AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                                                      AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IN THE REVISION OF HIS REMARKS IF HE WOULDN'T JUST CLEAR UP ONE POINT. HE HAD MENTIONED THIS CONGRESS HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING IN REGARD TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. WHILE TRUE, IT'S NOT COMPLETELY ACCURATE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS CONGRESS IS CONTROLLED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DETERMINES WHAT BILLS GO FOR A HEARING, WHAT BILLS COME UP FOR A VOTE. SO THE FACT IS THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE STOPPING COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENT PREVENTION LEGISLATION FROM COMING UP FOR A VOTE TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE SAFE. AND MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT THIS HOUSE COULD BE CONSIDERING. BUT NONE MORE IMPORTANT THAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. THERE'S NO SINGLE BILL NOR POLICY THAT WILL END GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK. EVERY DAY BACKGROUND CHECKS STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING A GUN. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE BLOCKED FROM BUYING A GUN FROM A LICENSED DEALER CAN GO AROUND THE BLOCK, AROUND THE CORNER, OR DOWN THE STREET TO A GUN SHOW OR TO AN ONLINE SITE AND GET A GUN, OFTENTIMES THE SAME GUN, WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. THERE'S A REASON THAT 97% OF AMERICANS WANT TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. EVEN THE PRESIDENT HAS COME OUT AND SAID THAT HE'S IN SUPPORT OF THIS. I CAN'T THINK OF MANY THINGS THAT AMERICANS AGREE ON 90% OF THE TIME. BUT THEY DO SO ON BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL READY TO GO. H.R. 4240, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CO-AUTHORING THAT BILL, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT, THAT WOULD HELP GET MORE RECORDS INTO THE NCIS SYSTEM AND WILL EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO ALL COMMERCIAL SALES. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE 44TH MOMENT OF SILENCE. LET'S ACT NOW. OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND GIVE US A VOTE ON H.R. 4240. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WILL MUSTER THE COURAGE TO BRING BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE FOR A VOTE? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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                                                      MR. LUETKEMEYER

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH YOU THIS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH YOU THIS AFTERNOON. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE, COMBINED RULE, FOR H.R. 4296, MY BILL, THAT ADDRESSES DIFFICULTIES WITH OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, AND H.R. 4607, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. BOTH THESE BILLS ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO REGULATION THAT WILL IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 4296, WILL REPLACE MISGUIDED STANDARDS IMPOSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SETTERS. THE COMMITTEE REQUIRES U.S. INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD EXCESSIVE CAPITAL BASED ON A LOOK-BACK APPROACH OF AN ORGANIZATION'S RISKS, PREVIOUS EARNINGS, AND OTHER PROVISIONS THAT PROVIDE NO INDICATION OF FUTURE RISKS. THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED BY THIS INTERNATIONAL BODY HAS FORCED OUR BANKS TO HOLD HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RESERVE RATHER THAN PUTTING THE MONEY TO WORK IN THE FORM OF LOANS AND INVESTMENTS. THAT'S MONEY THAT COULD BE USED TO FUND MORTGAGE LOANS, CAR LOANS, AND OTHER DAY TO DAY FINANCING FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. I RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR NATION'S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HOLD CAPITAL IN THE EVENT OF A FUTURE CRISIS OR DISTRESS. AND H.R. 4296 MAINTAINS THOSE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE ADEQUATE CAPITAL TO GUARD AGAINST LOSS. BUT THERE IS A SWEET SPOT THAT NEEDS TO BE ATTAINED AND REGULATORS CAN DO THAT, IF YOU HAVE PROPER REGULATION IN PLACE. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS AMEND THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RESERVE CAPITAL IS CALCULATED BY FOLKS IN BE A ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES -- FOLKS IN AN ORGANIZATION'S CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES. THE METHODS-BASED APPROACH CALIBRATES OPERATIONAL CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. IT MAIN TRAINS STRONG AND FINANCIAL HEALTHY INSTITUTIONS WHILE UNSHACKLING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR LENDING PURPOSES. THE SECOND BILL WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY PROVIDES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE A MORE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO REGULATION. H.R. 4607, THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT, SPONSORED BY MR. LOUDERMILK OF GEORGIA, OFFERS A HOLISTIC APPROACH. THIS BILL REQUIRES ALL FINANCIAL -- FEDERAL FINANCIAL AGENCIES, INCLUDING A CFPB, AND NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OR RIPA. COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW IS TO MAKE SURE STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS. ADDITIONALLY, 4607 REQUIRES THE AGENCIES TO MEET EVERY SEVEN YEARS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY EVALUATION. AS OPPOSED TO CURRENT 10-YEAR PSYCH UNTIL STATUTE. I'M HARD-PRESSED TO THINK OF A LESS CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAN THIS ONE, REQUIRING REGULATORS TO REVIEW THE IMPACT OF THEIR ACTIONS ON A MORE FREQUENT BASIS IS A SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD WAY TO -- STRAIGHTFORWARD WAY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY. THESE BILLS HAVE GARNERED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THEY ARE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS THAT WILL PROPERLY GUIDE SUPERVISORS TO ENFORCE MORE EFFECTIVE REGULATION. THE RESULT OF THESE MODEST BILLS -- IT WILL PROMOTE A VIBRANT AND OPEN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO REEMBS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO REEMBS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      I INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, IF HE HAD HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS…

                                                      I INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, IF HE HAD HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS ON HIS SIDE?

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                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID AT THE OUTSET. THAT THE RULE…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID AT THE OUTSET. THAT THE RULE WE'RE CONSIDERING WOULD MAKE IN ORDER TWO FINANCIAL SERVICES BILLS THAT I THINK AMOUNT TO NOTHING BURGERS. EXCEPTIONALY COMPARED TO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING -- ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND KIDS FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THAT SHOULD TAKE PRIORITY OVER THIS. WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FLORIDA HERE GOING DOOR TO DOOR, TALKING TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, BEGGING US TO DO SOMETHING. AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO CONSIDER? WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. I DID A COUPLE OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS OVER THE WEEKEND AND I COULD TELL MY COLLEAGUES, TRUTHFULLY, THAT NOBODY, NOBODY IN THE AUDIENCE ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. NOR DID THEY BRING UP THE NEED FOR US TO RUSH AHEAD AND PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE REGULATORY REVIEW ACT. BUT THEY DID ASK WHAT WE'RE DOING TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS. AND TO PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS. WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHEN PARENTS HAVE TO WONDER WHEN THEY SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING WHETHER THEY WILL COME BACK. ALIVE. WE'RE LIVING IN A TIME WHEN GOING TO THE MOVIE THEATER IS A RISK. WHEN GOING TO A CONCERT IS A RISK. WHEN GOING TO CHURCH IS A RISK. I MEAN, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT. AND I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE BEHOLDEN TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, I GET IT. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO STAND UP TO THEM, THAT'S FINE. BUT DON'T STAND IN THE WAY OF THIS HOUSE HAVING A DEBATE ON THESE ISSUES AND HAVING A VOTE. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE WHERE EVERYBODY STANDS. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. I MEAN, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME THAT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS TRAGEDY THAT WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT THE OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT STRENGTHENING OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS, EXPANDING OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT BANNING BUMP STOCKS. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT DEALING WITH HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO VOTE FOR THOSE THINGS IF THEY DON'T WANT. TO BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT -- WANT TO. BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. YOU SEE IT IN THE POLLING DA AT IT. I HEAR IT WHEN I GO -- DATA. I HEAR IT WHEN I GO HOME AND TALK TO TOWN HALLS. PEOPLE ARE JUST FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE DOING NOTHING. YEAH, WE DO HOLD MOMENTS OF SILENCE. AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. AND I THINK SOME IN THE N.R.A. ARE HOPING THAT THIS IS KIND OF BUSINESS AS USUAL. THAT WE'LL HAVE THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AND THEN AS TIME GOES ON PEOPLE WILL FOCUS LESS AND LESS ON IT. THE MEDIA WILL FOCUS LESS AND LESS ON IT. AND WE'LL KIND OF MOVE ON. I REMEMBER IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING, THERE WAS TALK ABOUT BANNING BUMP STOCKS. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA. EVEN THE N.R.A. DID. TIME WENT ON. THE FOCUS WENT OFF OF WHAT HAPPENED IN LAS VEGAS. AND WE DID NOTHING. SO, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE HOPING FOR. IS THAT TIME WILL PASS AND WE'LL DO NOTHING. BUT IT'S SUCH AN ABROGATION OF OUR DUTY AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND I JUST DON'T GET IT. I DON'T GET IT. SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS ANOTHER CLOSED RULE. MAKES A MOCKERY OF REGULAR ORDER. BUT WHAT IS EVEN MORE DISTURBING TO ME IS THAT WE ARE PRIORITIZING BANKING ISSUES OVER PROTECTING OUR KIDS AND OUR FAMILIES. AND I JUST FIND THAT UNCONSCIONABLE. AND I THINK THE ANGER IN THIS COUNTRY IS JUST GROWING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. I HAVE GREAT HOPE THAT THESE YOUNG VOICES, NOT JUST THOSE FROM PARKLAND, FLORIDA, BUT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WHO WANT A FUTURE WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL, THEIR VOICES ARE GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO CAVE. AND THEY'RE GOING TO DEMAND CHANGE. IT'S THEIR FUTURE. AND THEY WANT US TO GIVE THEM A FUTURE WHERE THEY FEEL SAFER AND MORE PROTECTED. AND SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING UP SOME COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. AGAIN, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT, YOU CAN VOTE NO. BUT WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE DEBATE. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT'S PARTICULARLY INSULTING TO SO MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THIS HOUSE. WHEN IT COMES TO GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. IS THAT WE DON'T EVEN HAVE THE GUTS TO HAVE A DEBATE. WE DON'T EVEN BRING IT UP. IT'S NOT A PRIORITY. AND I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOW, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY. AND SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, A NO VOTE ON THE RULE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. BUCK

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CLOSE DEBATE TODAY BY REVIEWING A FEW…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CLOSE DEBATE TODAY BY REVIEWING A FEW BASIC TRUTHS. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN LAST DECADE, WASHINGTON EMBARKED ON A CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE THE POWER OF WALL STREET OVER AMERICANS. IN TYPICAL WASHINGTON FASHION, WE INSTEAD GOT A MONSTROSITY OF A NEW REGULATORY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS ALL BUT SNUFFED OUT MAIN STREET LENDERS. THE PLAN TO REDUCE WALL STREET'S INFLUENCE ACTUALLY INCREASED IT. THIS HOUSE, NOT THE SENATE, BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS REFUSED TO ACT, BUT THIS HOUSE LISTENED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PASSED THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT. INSTEAD OF EMBARKING ON A CAMPAIGN THAT HURT AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PROPPED UP WALL STREET, WE SET OUT WITH ONE GOAL. INCREASE THE FINANCIAL FREEDOM OF AMERICANS. AND WE DID THAT. WE PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATIONS, TO THE BETTERMENT OF AMERICANS. THESE BILLS BEFORE US TODAY CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK FOR ALL AMERICANS, NOT JUST THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD POLITICAL CONNECTIONS. EASTERN COLORADANS SHOULD KNOW THAT I SERVE THEM AND THEM ALONE, AS LONG AS I HAVE THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT THEM, I WILL WORK TO REDUCE WASHINGTON'S ROLE IN THEIR LIFE. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT AND THESE BILLS. I HOPE THAT HE WILL REMAIN ENGAGED IN THIS EFFORT AS HE COMMENCES THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS DEBATE TO THE FLOOR TODAY. WE MUST NEVER YIELD IN PUTTING AMERICANS FIRST IN OUR PUBLIC POLICY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERSTOOD UNDERLYING BILL. I -- AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                                      ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                                                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE…

                                                      THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON FEBRUARY 27, 2018, AT 9:24 A.M. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO, WITHOUT AN AMENDMENT, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 103, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 107. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

                                                      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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                                                      CHAIR.

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                                                      WE LEAVE WASHINGTON JOURBLE HERE. THE HOUSE BACK FOR WORK ON VOTES. THE…

                                                      WE LEAVE WASHINGTON JOURBLE HERE. THE HOUSE BACK FOR WORK ON VOTES. THE FIRST VOTE OF THE DAY STARTING SHORT-TERM. QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THHOUSE AND OFFE THE RESOLUTIOPREVIOUSLY NOTID.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CLRK WILL REPORTHE RESOLUTION.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE EECTS EVE COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. EREAS 30 PEOP ARE…

                                                      WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE EECTS EVE COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. EREAS 30 PEOP ARE KILLED EVERDAY BY SEONE USING A GU WHEREAS MORE THAN 2,2 PEOE HAVE BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR BY SOMEONE USING GUN. WHEAS THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAS34 MASS SHOOTINGS THIS AR. WHILE MASS SHOOTIN OFTEN RECEIVE MEDIA ATTENTION, GUN VIOLENCE IS PRESENT EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WHEREAS SINCE E TREDY AT SAND HOOK LEMENTA SCHOOL, THE HOUSE OFEPSENTATIVES HASELD 43 MOMENTS OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF PEOPLE LLED SOMEONE USING GUNS. WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLEAND LAW-ABIDING. WHERS THE SUPREME COURT IN S DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLERDECISION RECOGNIZED THE RIGHT TKEEP AND BR ARMS. WHERE THE BRADHANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED ON NOVEMBER 30, 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUNHECKS VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND EVERY DAY STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DESTI ABUSERS, AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING AUN. WHEAS OVER TWO MILLION GUN SALES WERE BCKED SINCE ENACTMENT THE BRADYANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVEION ACT. WHEAS 90% OF A BKGROUND CHECKS ARE DONE ITANTLY. WHEREAS THETATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CCKS, 47% FEWER WOMEN ARE MURDERED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER. HEREAS IN STATES THAT QUIRE BACKGROUND CCKS, THERE ARE 47% FIREM SURE SIDES. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHCKS, 53% FEWER LAW ENFCEMENT OFFICERARE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WHEREAS 97%F AMERICANS PED SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUN SALES HEREASN MANY STATE NOES ACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUID TO BUA GUN ONLINE OR AT A GUN OW AND WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, WHETHER ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATS, MUST NOWFOCUS ON STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND ECKS. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THATHE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIV SHOU IMMEDIATELCONSIDER H.R. 440, THEUBLIC HEALTH -- THE PLIC SAFETY AND SECD AMENDMENT RIGH PROTECTI ACT OF 2017, ANH.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUN CHECK COMPLEON ACT OF 2017.

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                                                      DOES E GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WISH TO PRESENT ARGUMENT ON THE…

                                                      DOES E GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WISH TO PRESENT ARGUMENT ON THE RLIAMENTARY IUIRY?

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                                                      YES, I DO, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                      THE NTMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. R. SAKER, IT'SUR DUTY A LAWMAKERS AND…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. R. SAKER, IT'SUR DUTY A LAWMAKERS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS LAWS TT WILL MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. AND SO F, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS AS DONE NOTHING IN REGADS TO A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. . ERY MEMR HERE KNOWS SOMETHING MUST BONE ABOUT GU VIOLENCE. WE MAY NOT AGREE ON WT THAT IS, BUT EVERYONE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UN-- UNITED STES OF AMERICTO THE APIRING YOU LEADER WHO ARE LEADING A MOVEMENT TODAY OUT OF LORIDA, AGREE.

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      PAST TIME TO BRING THIS BILL UP.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      IT MUST BE COULD BE FIND TO THE -- IT MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION 69…

                                                      IT MUST BE COULD BE FIND TO THE -- IT MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION 69 ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO OFFER A RESOLUTION RAISING THE QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE UNDER RULE 9 MUCH THE RESOLUTION OFFERED BY GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA PROVIDES THE HOUSE SHOULD VOTE ON TWO SPECIFIED MESH SHUMPLESE ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL TENETS OF RULE NIGHT AS THE CHAIR RULED ON DECEMBER 10, 2015, THAT THE HOUSE SHOULD CONSIDER A PARTICULAR BILL DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. ON FEBRUARY 6, 201, THE CHAIR RULED A RESOLUTION PROVIDING THE HOUSE SHOULD ACT ON BUSINESS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE. BY CALLING FOR A VOTE ON TWO MEASURES, THE RESOLUTION EXPRESSES THE LEGISLATIVE SENTIMENT IN VIOLATION OF THE PRINCIPLE DOCUMENT IN SECTION 702 AND 706 OF THE HOUSE RULES MANUAL. ACCORDINGLY, THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE DECISION OF THE CHAIR STANDS AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                      MR. BURGESS

                                                      I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      MR. BURGESS OF TEXAS MOVES TO TABLE THE APPEAL OF THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

                                                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE MINUTES VOTES ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 748 IF ORDERED. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 AND ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION 747 IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                    • 01:37:07 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS 182.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING PREAST QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. 748 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                    • 01:38:36 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129. HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129. HOUSE RESOLUTION 748. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                    • 01:38:59 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]. SSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.].

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                                                    • 01:46:21 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                    • 01:46:35 PM

                                                      MS. SLAUGHTER

                                                      MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

                                                      A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                    • 01:53:16 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TROW CONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE -- MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 747 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDER. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                    • 01:53:34 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 747. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                                                      HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 747. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4296, TO PLACE REQUIREMENTS ON OPERATIONAL RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BANKING ORGANIZATIONS, ESTABLISHED BY AN APPROPRIATE FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY, AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4607. TO AMEND THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF 1996, TO ENSURE THAT FEDERAL FINANCIAL REGULATORS PERFORM A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS, TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED OR OTHERWISE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON COVERED PERSONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                    • 01:54:15 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                                                      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                    • 02:00:28 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

                                                      A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                    • 02:06:38 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                                                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF…

                                                      HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 106. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE USE OF EMANCIPATION HALL FOR A CEREMONY TO PRESENT THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL COLLECTIVELY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES .

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

                                                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 02:09:01 PM

                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL TO H.R. 1865.

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                                                    • 02:09:08 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, RULE 18,…

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. 1865, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1865, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                    • 02:09:51 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      A BILL TO MEAND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY SECTION 230 OF…

                                                      A BILL TO MEAND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES OF FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW RELATING TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                    • 02:10:25 PM

                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD AFTERNOON, TODAY THIS BODY WILL MAKE…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD AFTERNOON, TODAY THIS BODY WILL MAKE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING ONLINE SEX EXPLOITATION. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE AS AN ORIGINAL O CO-SPONSOR OF THE IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT. I HAVE BEEN SO PLEASED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ANN WAGNER ON THIS ISSUE. I KNOW I'M NOT THE ONLY PERSON HERE WHO GREATLY APPRECIATES HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS. IT HAS BEEN SOBERING TO SAY THE LEAST TO HEAR SOME OF THE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND SEVERAL FROM MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR THESE VICTIMS AND TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY FROM TRAFFICKING. THIS IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY. AS IT STANDS NOW THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT CRIMINALS CAN EASILY AND ANONYMOUSLY PURCHASE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON THE INTERNET USING VARIOUS WEBSITES. THANKS TO BROAD INTERPRETATION OF EXISTING LAW, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 230 IN AMERICA'S COURTS, THESE WEBSITES ARE ESSENTIALLY IMMUNE FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTIONS. THESE WEBSITES MAKE MILLIONS BY ENABLING SEX TRAFFICKING WHILE WE -- WHILE FACING VERY LITTLE RISK OF BEING PUNISHED FOR THESE CRIMES. THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD CHANGE THAT BY AMENDING THIS LAW TO ENSURE THAT WEBSITES THAT UNLAWFULLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE EXPLOITATION OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE NO LONGER IMMUNE TO PUNISHMENT. H.R. 1865 WILL FINALLY HOLD BAD ACTOR WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE UNSPEAKABLE WRONG DOES. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES INCREASED CRIMINAL LIABILITY AND THUS DETERS WEBSITES AND INDIVIDUALS FROM SELLING HUMAN BEINGS ONLINE. WEBSITES WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO TURN A BLIND EYE OR ACTIVELY CONCEAL THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE WITHOUT FACING VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS FOR SOME TIME NOW AND I AM EXCITED TODAY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT HERE TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME. I RESERVE.

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                                                    • 02:12:43 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO SPEAK FOR SUCH TIME I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR MANAGING THIS LEGISLATION. TO…

                                                      LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR MANAGING THIS LEGISLATION. TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER FOR HER LEADERSHIP. AND AS SOMEONE SAID, CONTINUED DETERMINATION. JOINED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, CONGRESSWOMAN BEATTY, AND CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY. WE HAVE ALL WORKED TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS FOR THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING. AND IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS WE HEARD IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THE STORIES OF THE VICTIMS OF RAPE. SO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME. AND IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THROUGHOUT THIS TIME YOU WILL HEAR STORIES OF VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED AND ARE IN NEED OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUST TO RECOUNT MY STATEMENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, YESTERDAY, MONDAY A WEEK AGO, IN HOUSTON, I SAT DOWN WITH VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN TRAFFICKED OR WHO HAD BEEN VICTIMIZED THROUGH ONLINE SEX TRAFFIC TRAFFICKING OR OTHER ASPECTS OF SEX TRAFFICKING. AND IT WAS OVERWHELMING TO HEAR PARENTS SPEAK OF A YOUNG GIRL, HIS DAUGHTER, THAT HAD BEEN MISLED AND DRIVEN AWAY FROM THEIR HOME OR FROM HER AREA AND HAD BEEN TAKEN AND ABUSED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME UNTIL HAD HE TO RESCUE HER HIMSELF. SPENDING $50,000 AND THEN $60,000 TO BE ABLE TO REHABILITATE HERSELF, WHICH IS NOW AN ONGOING PROCESS. HE'S GRATEFUL THAT SHE'S ALIVE. SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017. AN IMPORTANT BILL INTENDED TO ADDRESS THE REPREHENSIBLE CRIME OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING BY PROSECUTING THE VIOLATORS AND PROVIDING RELIEF TO THE VIOLATED. FIRST AND FOREMOST, H.R. 1865 MAKES CLEAR THAT SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT, WHICH WAS ALTERED OR ITS INTERPRETATION WAS EXPANDED IN THE FIRST CIRCUIT COURT RULING OF DOUGH V. BACKSTAGE, THIS BILL MAKES IT CLEAR THAT SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO PROTECT THE FACILITATION OF ONLINE PROSTITUTION OR SEX TRAFFICKING AND CALLS OUT THOSE WEBSITES THAT HAVE ACTED RECKLESSLY IN ALLOWING THE SALE OF VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING ONLINE OR STOOD IDLY BY WHILE YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS, MANY AS YOUNG AS 13, OR EVEN YOUNGER, WERE COERCED, THREATENED, TORTURED, BOUGHT AND SOLD ON THE WHIMS OF THEIR EXPLOITERS. SECONDLY, THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS JUAN DAGSAL WEAPON TO USE AGAINST THE IMMORAL INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORCED ENSLAVEMENT WE KNOW AS SEX TRAFFICKING. H.R. 1865 CREATES THE NEW OFFENSE OF INTENTIONAL PROMOTION OR FACILITATION OF PROSTITUTION WHILE USING OR OPERATING A FACILITY OR MEANS OF INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE. . THIS IS WILL BE PUNISHABLE OF A SENTENCE UPWARDS OF 10 YEARS. WEBSITES HAVE BEEN HIDDEN BEHIND SECTION 230 ALLOWING THEM TO SELL MINORS AND OTHER VULNERABLE AT-RISK MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. CHILDREN, PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS CHILDREN WHO ARE FORCED TO PERFORM UNSPEAKABLE ACTS UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE, GUN VIOLENCE, STARVATION AND PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE. THIS PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT OCCURS IF A DEFENDANT SUCH AS BACKPAGE, PROMOTES OR FACILITATES THE PROSTITUTION OF FIVE OR MORE VICTIMS OR ACTS IN RECKLESS DISREGARD OF THE FACT THAT THE CONDUCT IN QUESTION CONTRIBUTED TO SEX TRAFFICKING AS DEFINED IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL CODE, SECTION 1591, TITLE 18. NOT ONLY DOES H.R. 1865 CREATE MANDATORY RESTITUTION FOR ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKERS AND THEIR ENABLERS, THIS LEGISLATION GOES EVEN FURTHER. VICTIMS HARMED AS A RESULT OF AN AGGREGATED VIOLATION OF THIS NEW DEFENSE WILL HAVE THE -- NEW OFFENSE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEEK CIVIL DAMAGES WHILE JUDGES WILL BE REQUIRED TO IMPOSE RESTITUTION UPON DEFENDANTS CONVICTED OF EITHER THE GENERAL OR AGGRAVATED VIOLATION. WE APPRECIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT, U.S. ATTORNEYS. YET, WE KNOW STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND PROSECUTORS ARE VITAL IN THE FIGHT AS WELL, AND THEY'VE CALLED ON CONGRESS TO ACT AND TO FIGHT MORE EFFECTIVELY. THERE ARE STATE TASK FORCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING TO PROTECT YOUNG GIRLS AND BOYS. AND H.R. 1865 ALLOWS STATE LEGISLATORS TO ENACT LAWS PROHIBITING THE CONDUCT THAT REFLECTS THE OFFENSE CREATED IN THIS BILL. SOON WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THE WALTERS AMENDMENT WHICH IS OFFERED BECAUSE OF THE VICTIMS' GROUPS THAT WANTS A STRONGER RESPONSE TO HELPING VICTIMS. WE THANK THEM FOR THAT. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT, WHICH I WILL OFFER, LEADS TO -- TO BE ABLE TO HELP UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LEVEL OF RECOVERY IS AND THE MANDATORY RESTITUTION. IT WILL TELL THE STORY. IT WILL PROVIDE THE STUDY TO FIND OUT HOW THIS LEGISLATION IS POSITIVELY IMPACTING, WHO IS RECEIVING THE DOLLARS, ARE THEY RECEIVING THE DOLLARS. TODAY, THIS COUNT HAS SWELLED TO $99 BILLION A YEAR WITH A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF THAT MONEY BEING GENERATED THROUGH ONLINE ADVERTISING, SOLICITATION. THAT'S THE ACCOUNT OF DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING USED THROUGH SEX TRAFFICKING. MY AMENDMENT WILL DETERMINE AND HELP TO BRING INFORMATION TO US AS TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION, AND I THINK IT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT. LET ME CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT A LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERALS INDICATED CERTAIN FEDERAL COURTS HAVE BROADLY INTERPRETED THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT WHICH LEFT VICTIMS, STATES, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND PROSECUTORS WHO REGULARLY CONFRONT THE CRUEL REALITIES OF SEX TRAFFICKING FEELING POWERLESS AGAINST ONLINE AD SERVICES AND WEBSITES THAT FACILITATE OR ALLOW SEX TRAFFICKING. MY HEART GOES OUT, AND I'M GRATEFUL WE HAVE MOVED, AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BUILD WITH MORE LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT INCLUDE MY SECOND AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING TO FILE CIVIL ACTIONS IN STATE COURTS. WITH THAT, LET ME EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO TELL THEIR STORIES. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. POE

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIR AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR THE TIME AND…

                                                      I THANK THE CHAIR AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA FOR THE TIME AND THE WORK ON THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MRS. WAGNER FROM MISSOURI FOR SPONSORING THIS BILL, ALONG WITH THE HELP OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE. YOU NOTICE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERYBODY THAT'S IN LINE, MOSTLY WHO'S TO SPEAK, ARE WOMEN AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE WOMEN IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE STOP THIS SCOURGE OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DIFFERENT GROUPS -- VICTIMS' GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE CONTINUED TO GIVE US INPUT ON WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THOSE LAWS BETTER. I CALL THOSE GROUPS THE VICTIMS' POSSE BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE ALL THE TIME, ROUNDING US UP, TELLING US WHAT IS NECESSARY AND TO MAKE LIVES BETTER FOR VICTIMS. MR. SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO MOST, ALEXIA WAS A WELL-ADJUSTED 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL, TEENAGER. BUT LIKE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE SHE STRUGGLED WITH INSECURITY AND LONELINESS. WHEN A HANDSOME AND SYMPATHETIC MAN REACHED OUT TO HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN IN BY HIS KIND AND COMFORTING WORDS. MANY DON'T KNOW THE EVILS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARE ALL AROUND US. TRAFFICKERS LURK ON THE PHONES, ON COMPUTERS AND ON THE INTERNET. CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR VULNERABLE VICTIMS TO LURE INTO THEIR TRAPS. AFTER MONTHS OF MANIPULATION, ALEXIS AGREED TO MEET HER NEW FRIEND ONLINE, AND SOON AS SHE GOT INTO HIS CAR SHE REALIZED THAT THIS PERSON WAS A DIFFERENT PERSON THAN SHE BELIEVED HIM TO BE. HE CHAINED HER AND FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX FOR MONEY AND HE COMMITTED THIS EVIL NUMEROUS TIMES. TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OUR WORLD IN COUNTLESS POSITIVE WAYS, BUT IT'S ALSO GIVEN HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKERS A DIRECT AVENUE TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR LIVES. WE AS A SOCIETY MUST WORK HARDER TO CAPTURE THESE CRIMINALS AND SHUT DOWN THEIR ONLINE SCHEMES. ONLY THEN WE CAN PROTECT OTHERS FROM ALEXIS' FATE. THIS IS OUR JOB, THIS IS OUR DUTY. WE MUST STOP THE TRAFFICKING NETWORK, NOT IN OUR TOWN, NOT IN OUR CITY AND NOT IN OUR STATE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 02:22:29 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE LADY FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE LADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                    • 02:22:36 PM

                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA.

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                                                    • 02:22:43 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. COSTA

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON…

                                                      I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CO-CHAIR OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN TED POE, I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR FOR VICTIMS IN AMERICA WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM THESE CRIMES. A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET, WE ALL BELIEVE, IS ESSENTIAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ENTERPRISE IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND AMERICA LEADS THE WAY. THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY AGE HAS RESHAPED OUR LIVES, ALLOWED FOR GREATER ACCESS TO LEARNING, GREATER ABILITY TO SHAPE OUR FUTURES AS AMERICANS AND WITH ECONOMIC BENEFITS WE COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED 15 YEARS AGO. SADLY, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO LOOK AT THESE FREEDOMS AND THE OPENNESS OF THE INTERNET AND SEE WAYS TO EXPLOIT, ABUSE AND PREY ON INNOCENT CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS IN THE NAME OF PROFIT. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS AND IT'S A CRIME. I'M SPEAKING OF THE SCOURGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING WHICH HAS IMPACTED THE LIVES OF TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT I REPRESENT AND THROUGHOUT AMERICA. TODAY HERE IN CONGRESS, WE LOOK SQUARELY AT TRAFFICKERS, PIMPS AND VICTIMIZERS AND SAY WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB IN PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS. AS A RESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION, OUR LAWS WILL NO LONGER BE MANIPULATED AND USED AS A COVER FOR THEIR ABUSE. NO LONGER WILL THESE PEOPLE BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND THE SHIELD THAT THE INTERNET PROVIDES YOU WHEN KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTING TO THIS HORRIBLE CRIME. THE FRESNO BEE, THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER IN THE VALLEY, RECENTLY RAN A SIX-WEEK LONG SERIES OF TRAFFICKING IN THE VALLEY. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THE FRESNO BEE ARTICLE IN THE RECORD.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THEIR ABUSERS.

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                                                      MR. COSTA

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                      MR. COSTA

                                                      I ASK FOR 10EKDS.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      I WILL BE HAPPY TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                                      MR. COSTA

                                                      THANK YOU. AS I SAID, IT'S TIME TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES, AND THIS…

                                                      THANK YOU. AS I SAID, IT'S TIME TO MAKE THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES, AND THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION DOES THAT. IT PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN, PROVIDING THEM THE ABILITY TO CONFRONT THEIR ABUSERS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY PROMOTE AND ADVERTISE THESE CRIMES. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN, I THANK THE BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 02:25:43 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY FRIEND…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER. AND LET ME JUST SAY, THANK YOU TO HER FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ON THIS EFFORT, AND SO SIX MINUTES I YIELD TO

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                                                    • 02:26:07 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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                                                      MRS. WAGNER

                                                      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY,…

                                                      I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY, FOR HER FEARLESS LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT ON THIS ISSUE. TODAY WE BRING, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, OR FOSTA, TO THE FLOOR, FINALLY. I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MY DEAR FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY, CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY FOR THEIR TIRELESS SUPPORT ON THIS EFFORT. THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT SEX TRAFFICKING IS A CRIME AS OLD AS THE NATION ITSELF. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, CONGRESS HAS ROUTINELY TAKEN BIPARTISAN ACTION TO FIGHT IT. YET, SEX TRAFFICKING SEEMS TO CONTINUE UNABATED. THIS IS LARGELY BECAUSE THE METHODS OF RECRUITMENT AND SALE OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS HAVE EVOLVED WITH TECHNOLOGY AND U.S. LAWS HAVE REMAINED STAGNANT. BUT TODAY WHEN THE HOUSE VOTES ON FOSTA, WE WILL BE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE -- BUSINESSES THAT SELL HUMAN BEINGS ONLINE CAN NO LONGER DO SO WITH IMPUNITY. SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT EXPLICITLY ALLOWS ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWS, BUT COURTS HAVE MISTAKENLY FOUND IT DOES NOT HAVE ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF STATE CRIMINAL LAW. LAST SUMMER, 50 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL CALLED ON CONGRESS TO UNTIE THEIR HANDS AND TO ALLOW THEM TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE WEBSITES THAT SELL OUR CHILDREN AND THE VICTIMS. EMPOWERING OUR STATES AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS IS THE BEST INTEREST -- IS OF BEST INTEREST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FEDERAL PROSECUTION IS DISCRETIONARY AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF CRIMES ARE AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. MOST WEBSITES ENGAGING IN THE ONLINE SEX TRADE ARE FIRST IDENTIFIED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND SHOULD BE QUICKLY ADDRESSED BEFORE THEY EVER REACH THE SIDE OF BACKPAGE.COM. THERE IS NO REALLY CRIMINAL DETERRENT AGAINST BUSINESSES LOOKING TO ENTER THE SEX TRADE. TODAY, WE WILL CHANGE THAT. FOSTA WILL ALLOW PROSECUTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES WITHOUT FEAR OF SECTION 230 PREEMPTION. FOSTA WILL PRODUCE MORE PROSECUTIONS OF BAD ACTOR WEBSITES, MORE CONVICTIONS AND PUT MORE PREDATORS BEHIND BARS. IT WILL PROVIDE A MEANINGFUL CRIMINAL DETERRENT SO THAT FEWER BUSINESSES WILL EVER ENTER THE SEX TRADE AND FEWER VICTIMS WILL EVER BE SOLD AND RAPED. CLARIFICATION OF SECTION 230 IS DESPERATELY NEEDED. IN AUGUST, 2017, THE SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT DISMISSED CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST BACKPAGE BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY SAYING IF CONGRESS SEES FIT TO AMEND THE IMMUNITY LAW, SECTION 230 EVEN APPLIES TO THOSE ALLEGED TO SUPPORT THE EXPLOITATION OF OTHERS BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SEES FIT TO AMEND THE IMMUNITY LAW TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE WEBSITES THAT SUPPORT EXPLOITATION. FOSTA ALSO CREATES A NEW CRIME TARGETING WEBSITES THAT ARE INTENTIONALLY PROMOTING PROSTITUTION AND IT ENCOURAGES STATES TO USE OR ADOPT SIMILAR LAWS. UNFORTUNATELY, SEX TRAFFICKING ADS ARE WRITTEN TO EVADE LAW ENFORCEMENT. LOOKING AT THESE ADS, YOU USUALLY CAN'T TELL THAT FORCE, FRAUD, COERCION WERE USED AGAINST THE VICTIM OR THAT THE PERSON DEPICTED IN THE AD IS A MINOR. BECAUSE INDICATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING ARE TYPICALLY HIDDEN, IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR PROSECUTORS TO DEMONSTRATE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE WEBSITE OPERATORS KNEW THAT THE ADS INVOLVED SEX TRAFFICKING. THIS IS WHY PROSECUTORS TELL ME THAT THEY WOULD OFTENTIMES PREFER TO USE PROSTITUTION LAWS INSTEAD OF SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS WHEN CHARGING THESE WEBSITES. SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS ARE WRITTEN TO TARGET PIMPS, JOHNS, AND BUSINESSES, BUT ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST TOOL AGAINST THE ONLINE SEX TRADE. FOSTA GIVES PROSECUTORS THE FREEDOM TO USE BOTH, BOTH STATE SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS AND THE STATE PROSTITUTION LAWS, AND LETS PROSECUTORS DECIDE HOW BEST TO DO THEIR JOBS. IMPORTANTLY, PROSECUTORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEEK A HIGHER PENALTY FOR WEBSITES THAT PROMOTE PROSTITUTION AND RECKLESSLY CONTRIBUTE TO SEX TRAFFICKING. ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING IS FLOURISHING IN AMERICA BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WEBSITES THAT PROFIT FROM THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE. FOSTA, COMBINED WITH THE SESTA WALTERS AMENDMENT THAT ADDS BACK IN VICTIMS' CENTERED PROVISION FROM MY ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, WILL FINALLY CREATE THESE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES. TODAY WE ARE VOTING TO KEEP OUR COMMITMENT TO TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS, BOTH BY EMPOWERING THEM TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE WEBSITES THAT SOLD THEM AND BY ARMING PROSECUTORS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY ARE NEVER SOLD ONLINE IN THE FIRST PLACE. . I TRUST MY I TRUST MY DELETION MR. JOIN ME IN THIS. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      I RESERVE.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      IT IS MY CLESH SURE TO YIELD TO THE DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

                                                      IT IS MY CLESH SURE TO YIELD TO THE DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THE LEAD DEMOCRAT, FOR THREE MINUTES. AND THANK HER. FOR HER PERSEVERANCE AND DETERMINATION.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      MRS. BEATTY

                                                      THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE NOT ONLY FOR…

                                                      THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE NOT ONLY FOR YIELDING ME TIME BUT FOR ALL OF HER SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING. TODAY IS A PROUD DAY FOR ME, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR TO URGE THE SUPPORT AND PASSAGE TO ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT, KNOWN AS FOSTA. AS WELL AS MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR TO URGE THE SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT. HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SEX TRAFFICKING IS HAPPENING IN ALL AREAS. BIG CITIES, LITTLE CITIES, RURAL, SUBURBAN AREAS. DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS. REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS. DISTRICTS. REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS. IT HAPPENS IN EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN AMERICA. REGARDLESS WHETHER THAT DISTRICT IS RED OR BLUE. TRAFFICKING, MR. SPEAKER, IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE AND THAT REQUIRES BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. IF CONGRESSMAN POE WAS STILL HERE, I WOULD STILL ADD, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. AND THAT I AM SO HONORED TO BE JOINED TODAY WITH SO MANY COLLEAGUES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN ROBY FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN MANAGING THE TIME. AND WHAT AN HONOR IT IS FOR ME TO JOIN THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSWOMAN ANN WAGNER. NOT ONLY THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, BUT A FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE, SOMEONE WHO IS MY CLASSMATE AND EARLY ON SHE STARTED TALKING ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND WE SHARED OUR MUTUAL INTERESTS. WE HAVE BEEN, SO TO SAY, JOINED AT THE IT HIP EVER SINCE. AND I COULD NOT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR ALL OF HER LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IT TELLS YOU THAT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER. CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER HAS DONE THAT WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND MORE. SO I AM VERY HONORED TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT. YOU HAVE HEARD WHAT FIGHTING ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT WILL DO. SO I WON'T GO IN GREAT DETAIL WITH THAT AGAIN. BUT I WILL TELL YOU IT WILL ADDRESS A CRITICAL PROBLEM. OUR LAWS HAVE NOT KEPT PACE WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN USED TO EXPLOIT THE INNOCENT. THE INTERNET HAS CHANGED HOW HUMANS ARE TRAFFICKED. IT IS TAKING SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE DONE IN THE STREETS AND MADE IT EASIER AND MORE ANONYMOUS. TRAFFICKING ONLINE IS A WELL DOCUMENTED PROBLEM. YET WE HAVE SEEN A FEW WEBSITES TURN A BLIND EYE, EVEN AS THEY PROFIT ON THE BUYING AND SELLING OF CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND MEN. FOSTA WILL HELP SOLVE THIS IN MANY WAYS AS YOU HAVE HEARD. ON THIS LAST POINT, I'D LIKE TO SAY, FOSTA IS TARGETED IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT ONLY AFFECT WEBSITES ENGAGED IN ONLINE TRAFFICKING TRADE, IT WILL RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT SOME OF THE TECH COMMUNITIES INITIALLY RAISED. BUT I THINK THAT THE PROCESS THAT FOSTA HAS GONE THROUGH IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND NOW WITH THE WALTERS AMENDMENT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE USED TO --

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                                      MRS. BEATTY

                                                      IT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE RUSE USED TO RESULT IN A…

                                                      IT SHOWS HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS CAN BE RUSE USED TO RESULT IN A BETTER PRODUCT. THE BILL NOW HAS THE SUPPORT NOT ONLY OF THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ADVOCATES, BUT IT ALSO HAS LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND MANY OF THE INTERNET AND TECH COMPANIES. SO AGAIN I THANK THE HARD WORK OF CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER AND I WANT TO SAY WE WON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING OVERNIGHT, BUT IF WE GET THIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW, WE WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR TRAFFICKERS TO EXPLOIT THE INNOCENT AND KEEP COUNTLESS CHILDREN, WOMEN, AND MEN OUT OF THE CYCLE OF ABUSE. THANK YOU, AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. SMITH

                                                      THE INTERNET WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A ZONE OF IMPUNITY FOR TRAFFICKERS AND…

                                                      THE INTERNET WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A ZONE OF IMPUNITY FOR TRAFFICKERS AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES. THEY TURNED A BLIND EYE TO OR ACTIVELY FACILITATE THE PROFIT FROM THE SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN. YET WE'RE SEEING THE INTERNET USED AS A VIRTUAL SLAVE MARKET. TODAY, BECAUSE OF ANN WAGNER'S TENACITY, HER COURAGE, HER LEGISLATIVE SKILL AND COMPASSION, AND BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT AGAIN COMES TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE IN LAW, WE BEGIN TAKING BACK THE INTERNET FROM TRAFFICKERS BY PASSING H.R. 1865. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO ALLOW THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT TO IT SUE, EMPOWERS WOMEN, ESPECIALLY WOMEN, TO IT TAKE THEIR CASES TO COURT, AND TO GET REMEDIES THERE AS WELL. TODAY WE SAY NO TO THE STATUS QUO THAT ALLOWS OUR CHILDREN TO BE BOUGHT, ABUSED, AND SOLD AGAIN WITH IMPUNITY ONLINE. TODAY WE SAY NO TO COURTS SLAMMING THE DOOR ON WE SAY NO TO THE STATUS QUO THAT ALLOWS OUR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS WHO WANT TO SUE WEBSITE OWNERS COMPLICIT IN SEXUAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY. MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, THEIR STATISTICS SHOW THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM IS THE SUBJECT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE CHILD TRAFFICKING TIPS THAT ARE RECEIVED IN THE UNITED STATES. DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY SUBPOENA THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM ORIGINALLY REFUSED TO SHARE, I SEE MRS. MALONEY WILL SPEAK IN A MOMENT, SHE AND I WORKED VERY HARD ON CHILD TRAFFICKING TIPS THAT THAT AS WELL, CONGRESS HAS FOUND THAT BACK PAGE DOT-COM WAS REMOVING TELLTALE WORDS AND SIGNS OF LIKELY HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM ADVERTISEMENTS ON ITS WEBSITE, BUT STILL POSTING THE ADVERTISEMENT AND MAKING MONEY. THEY MADE IT HARDER TO DETECT. THEY ACTIVELY PREVENTED U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM DETECTING CHILDREN BEING TRAFFICKED. BACKPAGE WASN'T PRTED -- PROSECUTED. JUDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WOULDN'T ALLOW CIVIL SUITS BY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS WHO WERE SOLD THROUGH BACKPAGE.COM AS POINTED OUT BY ANN WAGNER. ALL BECAUSE OF A LAW WRITTEN BEFORE THE INTERNET OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING WAS REALLY UNDERSTOOD. SEX 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT. TODAY, CONGRESS WILL CHANGE THAT LAW. GOD WILLING IT PASSES IN THE SENATE AND WILL BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. TODAY WE CAN PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND FREE SPEECH, TOO. H.R. 1865 AS AMENDED WILL ALLOW STATE PROSECUTORS TO PROSECUTE AND IT EMPOWERS TRAFFICKED WOMEN VICTIMS TO SUE THE MIDDLE MAN WHO FACILITATED AND PROFITED FROM THEIR SLAVERY. THE STATUS QUO OF RAMPANT ONLINE CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IS MORE THAN UNACCEPTABLE, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ABHORRENT TO ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS BILL. AGAIN I THANK ANN WAGNER FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                    • 02:39:31 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      IT GIVES ME PLEASURE AGAIN TO YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY OF…

                                                      IT GIVES ME PLEASURE AGAIN TO YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY OF NEW YORK, WHO JOINED WITH REPRESENTATIVE JOYCE BEATTY OF OHIO AND THE LEAD SPONSOR, CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER, TO BE STRONG SUPPORTERS OF THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO HER TWO MINUTES. SHE'S AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                                      CONGRESSWOMAN LEE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON…

                                                      CONGRESSWOMAN LEE FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHER AREAS. I RISE IN STRONG, STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865. IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE LEGISLATION. IT IS IMPORTANT AND IT WILL SAVE LIVES. IT IS AN HISTORIC LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR HER SELFLESS, DEDICATED, EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND-N BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. AND MY COLLEAGUES, JOYCE BEATTY AND SHEILA JACKSON LEE, AND CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS AND EVERYONE AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I HOPE WE SHOULD ALL PASS IT. IT'S IMPORTANT. THIS BILL CLARIFIES THAT INTERNET COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY ADVERTISE THE SALE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, MANY OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN AND MINORS, ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT SECTION 230. WHEN CONGRESS ENACTED IT 22 YEARS AGO, IT NEVER, NEVER INTEND ITED TO MAKE THE INTERNET INTO A RED LIGHT ZONE AND A PROTECTED AREA TO SHIELD SEX TRAFFICS -- TRAFFICKERS AND CORPORATIONS FROM SELLING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM ARE STOLEN, DOPED, FORCED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING AND THEN PROTECT THEM FROM THE APPEALS OF THEIR PARENTS FOR SOME TYPE OF JUSTIFICATION, SOME TYPE OF RECOGNITION OF THE HARM THAT THEY HAVE CAUSED. THIS BILL, LIKE EVERY OTHER SEX TRAFFICKING BILL, HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. IT IS LANDMARK. IT'S IMPORTANT. AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT THIS MODERN DAY FORM OF SLAVERY WHEREVER IT EXISTS, AND THIS CRIME HAS ABSOLUTELY EXPLODED ONLINE BECAUSE IT IS SO PROFITABLE. YOU CAN SELL A GUN ONCE. YOU CAN SELL ILLEGAL DOPE ONCE. BUT THEY SELL THE HUMAN BODY OVER AND OVER.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                                      THANK YOU. I'M JUST WARMING UP. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MUST TELL…

                                                      THANK YOU. I'M JUST WARMING UP. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MUST TELL YOU WE HAVE A CHOICE. THIS HAS GONE TO THE MINUTE.

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                                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                                      THANK COURTS. AND THE COURTS HAVE SAID, CONGRESS MUST DECIDE WHETHER…

                                                      THANK COURTS. AND THE COURTS HAVE SAID, CONGRESS MUST DECIDE WHETHER CONGRESS WANTS TO SHIELD CORPORATIONS, PROFIT MAKERS, EXPLOITERS. I WOULD SAY MURDERERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN ONLINE SELLING THEM FOR SEX TRAFFICKING. SO IF YOU VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, YOU ARE SHIELDING THEM. IF YOU VOTE FOR IT, YOU ARE PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. THIS BILL REMOVES OBSTACLES FOR ATTORNEY GENERALS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO ENACT STATE ANTI-TRAFFICKING LAWS. THAT'S WHY 50 A.G.'S HAVE SUPPORTED IT. VICTIMS AND FAMILIES WILL BE GIVEN A PATHWAY TO JUSTICE THROUGH PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED TOO LONG. OVER 50 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF IT. SOME CORPORATIONS LIKE FACEBOOK HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. I ASK PERMISSION TO PLACE THEIR STATEMENTS INTO THE RECORD.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                                      I MUST TELL YOU, TODAY, 22 YEARS AFTER CONGRESS PASSED THE C.D.A., WE HAVE…

                                                      I MUST TELL YOU, TODAY, 22 YEARS AFTER CONGRESS PASSED THE C.D.A., WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY --

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                                                    • 02:43:42 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      ADDITIONAL --

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                                                      MRS. MALONEY

                                                      IT WAS NEVER TO PROTECT TRAFFICKERS AND COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY SELL AND…

                                                      IT WAS NEVER TO PROTECT TRAFFICKERS AND COMPANIES THAT ACTIVELY SELL AND ENABLE THEM TO CONTINUE THIS INCREDIBLE, HORRIBLE, LIFE TAKING CRIME OF PROMOTING SEX TRAFFICKING AND SELLING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. I URGE A STRONG NO VOTE. LET'S MAKE IT UNANIMOUS. LET'S SHOW THE WORLD, THE COURTS, THE FAMILIES, THE VICTIMS WHERE WE STAND. I BELIEVE MY TIME IS UP.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR FORLESS…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR FORLESS -- FEARLESS LEADER, OUR CHAIRMAN OF OUR CONFERENCE, KATHY MADAM SPEAKER -- KATHY MADAM SPEAKER -- KATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS.

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                                                      MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                                                      I THANK THE YEAL FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ALLOW…

                                                      I THANK THE YEAL FOR HER LEADERSHIP. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ALLOW STATEMENTS AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT THE ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 201. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EPIDEMICS WE FACE TODAY. IT OFTEN VICTIMS TO FIGHT THE ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF TAKES PLACE IN OUR OWN BACK YARDS. IN MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, TARGETS ARE CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. FORTUNATELY THERE'S SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THOSE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON WHO HAVE STEPPED UP, THE COALITION TO ABOLISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WORKING TO STOP THESE HORRIFIC AND HEARTBREAKING CRIMES. . THIS BILL WILL HELP ONLINE HUMAN WEBSITES LIKE BACKPAGE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT BY MY FRIEND, ANY ANY WALTERS OF -- MIMI WALTERS OF CALIFORNIA. BY STRENGTHENING SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT, WE CAN RESTORE VICTIMS' ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND HOLD ACCOUNTABLE TECH COMPANIES AND ONLINE WEBSITES WHO MAKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING EASIER AND KNOWINGLY TURN A BLIND EYE. WE KNOW THESE WEBSITES HAVE THE ABILITY TO CENSOR CONTENT, AND WE SEE IT IN THE POLITICAL WORLD EVERY DAY. SO WHY CAN'T THEY WORK HARDER TO CENSOR AND REMOVE POSTS RELATED TO SEX TRAFFICKING AND ENSLAVEMENT OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS? THIS ISN'T HARD. IT IS COMMON SENSE TO HOLD WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED ON THEIR SITES. WE ALL MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PUT AN END TO HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING WHICH IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE WALTERS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLELADY RESERVE?

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN WHO IS THE RANKING…

                                                      IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND KNOWS ABOUT THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN BEINGS. I YIELD TO HER THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      MS. LOFGREN

                                                      SECTION 230 HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE LAW. IT'S ALLOWED THE…

                                                      SECTION 230 HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE LAW. IT'S ALLOWED THE INTERNET TO FLOURISH. WE SUPPORT THAT. BUT WE NEVER INTENDED SECTION 230 TO PROTECT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS, WHO ARE ABUSING CHILDREN, WHO ARE PROSTITUTING CHILDREN, REALLY MODERN SLAVERY. IT'S AN OUTRAGE. I THINK WHEN WE SAW THE COURT CASES ABOUT BACKPAGE WHERE THEY BASICALLY USED THE C.D.A. AS A SHIELD FOR ACTION THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL, IN MY JUDGMENT. THOSE GUYS BELONG IN PRISON AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE BILL DRAFTED BY REPRESENTATIVE WAGNER GOES A LONG WAY. ACTUALLY, IT FIXES THIS PROBLEM. WE JUST GOT A LETTER FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I JUST RECEIVED IT. THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY. EVERY DAY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN AMERICA APPEAR IN ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS THAT ARE USED TO SELL THEM FOR SEX. THE DEPARTMENT WORKS DILIGENTLY TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES. IT FACES SERIOUS CHALLENGES. IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE HIGH EVIDENTIARY STANDARD NEEDED IS A PROBLEM, BUT IT ALSO SAYS THAT THIS BILL, AS DRAFTED AND REPORTED FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ADDRESSES THE ISSUES THAT ARE PREVENTING PROSECUTION AND THAT WOULD TAKE MEANINGFUL STEPS TO END THE INDUSTRY OF ADVERTISING TRAFFICKING VICTIMS THROUGH COMMERCIAL SEX. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANKS TO THE AUTHORS OF THE BILL AS WELL AS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON WHICH I SERVE. WE WORKED TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. WE HAD HEARINGS SO THAT WE COULD HAVE THIS BILL THAT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS WILL ALLOW THEM TO SUCCESSFULLY GO AFTER THESE GUYS THAT ARE TRAFFICKING THESE CHILDREN AND OTHER VICTIMS. A WORD OF CAUTION, HOWEVER -- AND I'LL TALK ABOUT THIS LATER WHEN THE AMENDMENT COMES UP -- ON THE WALTERS AMENDMENT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IN THIS LETTER THAT THEY BELIEVE ANY REVISION TO DEFINE PARTICIPATION IS UNNECESSARY AND IN FACT THAT THE NEW LANGUAGE WOULD IMPACT PROSECUTIONS BY EFFECTIVELY CREATING ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS. IN FACT, THEY SAY THE AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO PROSECUTE. SO THERE'S A THING WE GET TOLD IN LAW SCHOOL THAT BAD CASES MAKE BAD LAW. ONE OF THE WAYS TO AVOID THAT IS TO HAVE THE COMMITTEE PROCESS WORK THROUGH IT. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN IN THE CASE OF THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED LATER. SO BASED ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S ADMONITION, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR CELEBRATION OF THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I AM MINDFUL OF THE WARNING THAT THE AMENDMENT COULD UNDO ALL OF THE GOOD WORK WE'VE DONE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      I NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR.…

                                                      I NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. GOODLATTE, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO…

                                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1865, THE ALLOW STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING ACT OF 2017, AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. THIS LEGISLATION WILL FINALLY MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN COMBATING ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. FOR TOO LONG BAD ACTOR WEBSITES HAVE OPERATED WITH IMPUNITY IN SELLING YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS FORCED INTO THE COMMERCIAL SALE OF SEX. THEY HAVE BEYOND ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT PROFITED OFF THE MISERY OF OTHERS. THEY HAVE CONVINCED COURTS TO MISAPPLY THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT, A FEDERAL LAW THAT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE WEBSITES TO POLICE CONTENT AND RID PLATFORMS OF ILLEGAL CONTENT. THEY HAVE MISUSED THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT AS A SHIELD TO AVOID CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN STATE COURTS. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF LOCAL WEBSITES THAT ARE DELIBERATELY SELLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR SEX, WE MUST NOW TAKE STEPS TO ALLOW FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO HOLD THESE WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE AND DISMANTLE THESE ILLICIT, HEINOUS ONLINE MARKETS. H.R. 1865 WILL ENSURE VIGOROUS CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT AGAINST BAD ACTOR WEBSITES BY CREATING A NEW FEDERAL LAW TO PROSECUTE THESE SITES AND EXPLICITLY PERMITTING STATES THE ABILITY TO ENFORCE COMPARABLE LAWS. WHILE THE FEDERAL CODE DOES NOT CRIMINALIZE THE KNOWING ADVERTISEMENT OF SEX TRAFFICKING, THIS STATUTE IS, UNFORTUNATELY, OF LIMITED UTILITY. NEARLY ALL WEBSITES RESPONSIBLE FOR RAMPANT SEX TRAFFICKING, ADVERTISEMENTS, HOST ADS IF EVER STATE THAT THE VICTIM BEING SOLD IS UNDERAGE OR SUBJECT TO FORCED, FRAUD, OR COERCION. THEREFORE, THIS BILL TAKES MEASURES TO TARGET WEBSITES THAT ARE DELIBERATELY PROMOTING AND FACILITATING PROSTITUTION. ADDITIONALLY, H.R. 1865 PROVIDES FOR AN AGGRAVATED VIOLATION THAT APPLIES TO WEBSITES THAT PROMOTE PROSTITUTION IN RECKLESS DISREGARD OF THE FACT THAT SEX TRAFFICKING IS OCCURRING ON THEIR PLATFORM. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, MR. CHAIRMAN, AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED TO THIS LEGISLATION. THOUGH I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO THIS ISSUE AND FULLY APPRECIATE THE SUFFERING OF VICTIMS, I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT WHICH STATES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CONDUCT ALLEGED OCCURRED OR IS ALLEGED TO HAVE OCCURRED BEFORE, ON, OR AFTER SUCH DATE OF ENACTMENT. HAD REGULAR ORDER BEEN FOLLOWED, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE FIXED THIS ISSUE, WHICH I BELIEVE COULD SUBJECT THIS LEGISLATION TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE UNDER THE EX POST FACTO CLAUSE, A CONCERN SHARED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I HOPE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE BILL, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HIGHLIGHTING THESE CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THAT REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      NEVERTHELESS, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL SINCE ITS STRONG…

                                                      NEVERTHELESS, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL SINCE ITS STRONG REFORMS WILL ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS TO VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE THE LAWS AGAINST SOME OF THE WORST CRIMINALS IN SOCIETY TODAY. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT TO EFFECTIVELY DISMANTLE THIS LUCRATIVE, EXPANSIVE, IMMORAL, REPREHENSIBLE MARKET. OUR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE WOMEN ARE NOT COMMODITIES TO BE SOLD. THIS LEGISLATION EMPHATICALLY AFFIRMS THAT FACT. IT WILL TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI, AND HER DEDICATED STAFF FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR THEIR CONTINUED DEDICATION TO COMBATING SEX TRAFFICKING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      I'M CONTINUING TO RESERVE.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS…

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR.…

                                                      YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                      MR. CRWFORD

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR RECOGNIZING ME TODAY.…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR RECOGNIZING ME TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IS ONE OF SEVERAL WE PASSED IN THE HOUSE TODAY THAT AIMS TO COMBAT THE HORRIFIC AND DISGUSTING ACT OF SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS IN OUR BORDERS. TODAY I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF -- TWO STORIES, ACTLY, OF ASHLEY AND ALYSSA, BOTH FROM MY DISTRICT, THE FIRST DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, WHO WERE TAKEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING TRAFFICKED BUT THANKFULLY WERERESS COMPUDE BEFORE BEING LOST IN -- WERE RESCUED BEFORE BEING LOST IN THIS TRADE. THESE WOMEN WERE SOUGHT ONLINE. THEIR STORIES SADLY MIRROR ONE ANOTHER AND THOUSANDS OF COUNTLESS MINORS ACROSS AMERICA. BOTH RECORDED ONLINE BY OLDER MEN AND THOUGHT WERE ENGAGING IN HARMLESS FRIENDSHIPS. THEY TOOK ASHLEY AND ARIESA TO WASHINGTON STATE AND NEBRASKA, RESPECTFULLY, FOR THEIR HORRIFIC PURPOSES. IT'S BELIEVE FOR ONE OF HER VICTIMS HER EVENTUAL DESTINATION WOULD BE TO THE SUPER BOWL IN MINNEAPOLIS WHICH DRAWS INCREASED IN TRAFFICKING. IN THE OTHER CASE, THE VICTIM WAS ONE OF OVER 8,000 MINORS SOUGHT ONLINE BY HER PREDATOR. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE GIRLS ARE NOT UNLIKE OUR OWN CHILDREN. THEY ARE KIDS WE SEE IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR CHURCHES, NEIGHBORHOODS. WE MUST TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS LIKE H.R. 1865 TO PROTECT AMERICA'S CHILDREN FROM THESE REPRUGNANT INDIVIDUALS. THIS WILL NOT BE THE END ALL FOR STAMPING OUT THIS SEGMENT OF SOCIETY. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THIS DESPICABLE ACT FOR WHAT IT IS BY -- I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE ONGOING PRACTICE OF SEX TRAFFICKING. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE…

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      WE DO NOT. WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      IS THE GENTLELADY READY TO CLOSE?

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      YES.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CONSUME SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND --

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      AND CLOSE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. AS INDICATED, I HAD…

                                                      AND CLOSE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. AS INDICATED, I HAD OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING TO FILE CIVIL ACTION IN STATE COURTS UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THE UNDERLYING BILL FOR FEDERAL, CIVIL ACTIONS. I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT WE HAVE LAID A STUPENDOUS FOUNDATION FOR INNOCENT VICTIMS AND THAT WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR THIS LEGISLATION. SO, AGAIN, I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER AND HER CO-SPONSORS AND AS WELL CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN BEATTY AND THE WORK WE'VE DONE IN JUDICIARY THROUGH A PERIOD OF COMING TOGETHER, I BELIEVE, IS EXTREMELY CONSTRUCTIVE. IT IS SO CONSTRUCTIVE THAT WE HAVE ANY NUMBER OF SUPPORT LETTERS, A STATEMENT BY JOHN F. CLARK, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE THAT INTO THE RECORD.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      A LETTER FROM ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, UNANIMOUS CONSENT, PLACE IT INTO THE…

                                                      A LETTER FROM ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, UNANIMOUS CONSENT, PLACE IT INTO THE RECORD.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      NATIONAL ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION WITH MANY, MANY SIGNATURES.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                      THANK YOU. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEFORE THIS LEGISLATION AND SIMPLY J.S., WHO…

                                                      THANK YOU. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEFORE THIS LEGISLATION AND SIMPLY J.S., WHO IS DOCUMENTED IN THE FILM "JANE DOE," WILL TELL YOU -- A BRIGHT YOUNG LADY, 15 YEARS OLD, RAN ON THE TRACK TEAM HERE IN THIS AREA AND FOR HER OWN ENTHUSIASM WENT TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. WHEN SHE WENT TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF A KIND SOUL HAD FOUND HER, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. WITHIN 15 DAYS SHE MET A MAN TWICE HER AGE WHO SEDUCED HER WITH GIFTS AND CONVINCED HER TO STAY WITH HIM. ONCE SHE TRUSTED THE 32-YEAR-OLD HE QUICKLY TURNED ON HER AND RAPED HER AND HE WOULD POST EXPLICIT PICTURES OF HER IN AN AD ON BACKPAGE.COM, AND SHE WAS FORCED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE SEX FOR MONEY. ONE WOULD THINK THERE WAS RELIEF. WHEN HER FAMILY SOUGHT TO FILE IN COURT SHE LOST. SHE LOST. AND ONLY THROUGH THE WORK OF CONGRESS HAS HER CASE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON AN APPEAL. SO THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE IS VITAL TO SAVING LIVES AND TO RESTORING LIVES. I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED AND ENERGIZED BY THE COUNTLESS SURVIVORS, MANY OF WHOM I HAVE SEEN TODAY AND MANY OF WHOM I JOINED LAST MONDAY IN MY DISTRICT. AS A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN AND SEX TRAFFICKING AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND INVESTIGATIONS, I AM PAINFULLY FAMILIAR WITH THE PERVASIVENESS OF SEX TRAFFICKING IN MY OWN STATE OF TEXAS, WHICH HAS BECOME A HOTBED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON. AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING AUTHORITIES, HOUSTON IS KNOWN AS A HUB OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. NOT BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF CONCERN AND ENERGY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICE COMMUNITY, IT IS JUST AN EPICENTER BECAUSE OF THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME BECAUSE OF THE WARM WEATHER, FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE AGED OUT OF FOSTER CARE AND OTHERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CALLS TO THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE IN TEXAS COMES FROM HOUSTON AND A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STATED THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 300,000 VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS, INCLUDING ALMOST 79,000 MINORS. . A STORY OF CALINGTY -- KATHY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED KATHY WHO MOVED TO HOUSTON IN 1994 WITH HER FAMILY. SHE WAS RAISED TO BE STRONG AND INDEPENDENT. SHE WAS VERY INVOLVED IN HER CHURCH, COMMUNITY AND ROTC. LET ME SHARE THE STORY OF KATHY. SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH HOPES OF PURSUING A CAREER IN JOURNALISM BUT SHE BECAME A VICTIM OF SEX TRAFFICKING. LIKE MOST GIRLS SHE WANTED TO BE LOVED. SHE MET A CHARMING YOUNG MAN WHO TREATED HER LIKE SHE'D NEVER BEEN TREATED BEFORE. AFTER A FAIRYTALE YEAR, HER PRINCE CHARMING PROPOSED SOMETHING KATHY FELT SHE COULD NOT REFUSE. A PROMISING SQUOB WITH HIS COMPANY -- A PROMISING JOB WITH HIS COMPANY THAT WOULD TRIPLE HER INCOME, PROVIDE FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR HER FUTURE AND WHICH SEEMED LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE. THE JOB WAS IN DALLAS. DESPITE HER INITIAL HESITATION, SHE SAW THE OFFER AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY. BUT SHORTLY AFTER SHE RIVED IN DALLAS, KATHY -- ARRIVED IN DALLAS, KATHY FOUND HERSELF IN THE DARK WORLD OF SEX TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION, A LIFE SHE NEVER KNEW SHE'D BE INVOLVED IN. GRAPHIC IMAGES WERE TAKEN OF HER AND PLACED ON THE INTERNET AGAINST HER WILL. SHE WAS FORCED TO PERFORM SEXUAL FAVORS MULTIPLE TIMES EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT DALLAS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS. ESCAPE WAS NOT EASY. HER BOYFRIEND TURNED PIMP LIMITED HER PHONE CALLS TO JOHNS AND DID NOT ALLOW HER TO HAVE MONEY. SOMEHOW SHE FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY. SHE NEVER LOOKED BACK. TO MANY -- AFTER MANY YEARS OF LIVING IN SILENCE, SHE DECIDED TO JOURNAL HER EXPERIENCE. THE JOURNAL BECAME A BOOK WHICH BECAME A STAGE PLAY. KATHY FOUND HER VOICE AND IS NOW AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER WHO HOPES TO USE HER STORY TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN THE FIGHT. IMAGES OF KATHY'S HORRIFIC PAST LINGER ON. SHE SAYS, SITES LIKE THAT PAGE HAVE CHOSEN TO REVICTIMIZE SURVIVORS AND KEEP US IN BONDAGE BY REFUSING TO REMOVE IMAGES TAKEN AGAINST OUR WILL. SHE HOPES ONE DAY THE VOICES OF SURVIVORS WILL BE HEARD. WE HEAR YOU TODAY, KATHY. CONGRESS HEARS YOU. WE HEAR THE VOICES OF THE VICTIMS. SO IN CONCLUSION, LET ME SAY AS WE HEAR THE VOICES OF THE SURVIVORS, WE REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FIRST AMENDMENT. AND THE ABILITY TO FREE EXPRESSION. BUT WE KNOW THAT THE TORMENT THAT THESE VICTIMS ARE GOING THROUGH, THE PTSD THAT THEY'RE SUFFERING, REALLY IS A STATEMENT OF IMPORTANCE FOR H.R. 1865, THAT ALLOWS STATES AND VICTIMS TO FIGHT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING. AND TO WORK WITH ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS BILL, FROM OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TO THE SPONSORS. AND TO GO FORWARD, BUILDING ON THIS LEGISLATION, WITH MORE LEGISLATION, MORE VICTIMS BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH US AND FINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO BE ABLE TO STOMP OUT, EXTINGUISH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SASKING, ONLINE TRAFFICKING -- SEX TRAFFICKING, ONLINE TRAFFICKING. THIS IS A POWERFUL NATION. THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT DO. THIS I LOOK FORWARD TO -- DO THIS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT EFFORT AND WITH THAT I ASK FOR A VOTE OF YES ON THIS BILL. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT MRS. MALONEY WHEN SHE SAID VOTE NO, SHE MEANT TO SAY SHE WANTS A RESOUNDING YES ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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                                                      MRS. ROBY

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR ALL…

                                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, ANN WAGNER, FOR ALL OF HER HARD WORKEN THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF -- WORK ON THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT IS OUR JOB TO PROVIDE THE STRONGEST, MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS POSSIBLE TO CONFRONT, PUNISH AND ULTIMATELY PREVENT THE HORRIFIC NIGHTMARE THAT IS HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE'VE SEEN A STARK RISE IN THE USE OF THE INTERNET TO BUY AND SELL TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND MINORS FOR SEX. THIS SICK INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO PROSPER BECAUSE, DUE TO BROAD INTERPRETATION OF EXISTING LAW THERE HAVE BEEN NO SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES FOR WEBSITES THAT TURN A PROFIT BY SELLING HUMAN BEINGS. TODAY IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO STOP THIS HORRIFYING INJUSTICE BY PASSING H.R. 1865. TO FINALLY GIVE PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO CRACKDOWN ON SITES THAT PROMOTE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HUMAN SEX TRADE. I CALL ON ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TODAY AND TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THIS EVIL, ATROCIOUS BEHAVIOR. AND WE WILL NO LONGER BE COMPLICIT IN LETTING THESE BAD ACTORS GET AWAY WITH THESE HATEFUL CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT…

                                                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, SHALL BE DEBATED FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN -- DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                    • 03:06:57 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                    • 03:07:00 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                                    • 03:07:01 PM

                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                                      AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-583 OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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                                                    • 03:07:11 PM

                                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

                                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 748, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                    • 03:07:21 PM

                                                      MR. GOODLATTE